People cross Market Street in the rain as a storm rolls through on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, pushing out much of the smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County that has choked the Bay Area for nearly two weeks. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

People cross Market Street in the rain as a storm rolls through on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, pushing out much of the smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County that has choked the Bay Area for nearly two weeks. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Rain brings fresh air to SF

The rain that began Wednesday morning is expected to continue periodically through Friday evening in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is it bringing some much-needed improvements to the air quality in the region, officials from the National Weather Service said Wednesday morning.

“Air quality will keep improving as the wind flow increases and pushes it through the area,” said Steve Anderson, a weather forecaster with the National Weather Service. “The wind is the main transport – the rain has little to do with improving air quality. It’s which way the wind blows.”

After a week in which air quality alerts reached “purple,” or “very unhealthy,” levels, air quality was listed Wednesday afternoon as “Good,” with an air quality index of 22.
The weather system is also expected to bring snow to parts of I-80 and U.S Route 50 over the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

“If you’re travelling to grandma’s house in Reno over the Sierra Nevadas, you’ll need chains tonight,” Anderson said.

The rain is expected to subside through the weekend before another burst of heavier rain moves through in the middle of next week. Bay Area News

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Ali Jamalian, whose life was disrupted in the wake of being charged with possession decades ago, now heads up Sunset Connect, a cannabis manufacturing company. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Green Rush: Cannabis equity program elevates unexpected entrepreneurs

‘It’s a form of reparations for those of us who were ruined by cannabis arrest’

The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
Chris Victorio/
Special to The Examiner
Giants vs. Dodgers: What you need to know before this week’s huge series

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner That grinding noise you’ll hear… Continue reading

San Francisco supervisors approved zoning changes that will allow a chain grocery store to occupy the bottom floor of the 555 Fulton St. condo building. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Trader Joe’s approved for Hayes Valley, bringing long-awaited grocery store

New Seasons Market canceled plans at 555 Fulton St. citing construction delays

Most Read