No excuse for dry turkey on this soggy Thanksgiving

Looks like it’s going to be a wet Thanksgiving, after all.

This weekend’s rainy weather appears to be a harbinger of what’s to come later this week, as the National Weather Service predicts another storm system arriving late Wednesday, according to forecaster Austin Cross.

“At this point it’s hard to pinpoint exactly, because as the system approaches the coast it’s going to kind of split apart,” Cross said. “So it looks like it’s going to rain, but it’s uncertain as to how much.”

The rain is expected to taper off early Thanksgiving Day, according to Cross. Urban areas can expect maybe a quarter-inch of rainfall, with more falling in the North Bay.

“Probably most of the rain will be over by late morning or so,” Cross said.

Two separate systems — the first arriving on Friday afternoon — brought a total of nearly 0.8 of an inch of rain to San Francisco by Sunday afternoon, but flooding appeared to be minor.

On Sunday, four overflowing street-corner catch basins were reported on various city streets, “which is pretty typical of a rain event, when leaves or trash get trapped,” San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman Betsy Rhodes said. Three downed trees also were reported.

Sunday’s weather also made difficulty for flights into and out of San Francisco International Airport. Arrivals were delayed up to two hours, and departures up to an hour, according to SFO Duty Manager Lily Wang.

Rain on Wednesday and Thursday could bring similar delays, and travelers should call ahead to check their flight status before heading to the airport, Wang advised.

Drivers should also be cautious this week, Cross warned.

“If people are out driving, they should be careful, because with this rain and the next rain, the roads are slick,” he said.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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