Stalled system puts rainstorm on hold

The storm system expected to hit The City early today slowed down as it approached the West Coast, pushing the forecast of rain back until at least tonight.

Rain most likely will start falling Friday, and continue through Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tentinger said.

“Friday night and Saturday appear to be when the heaviest amounts are expected, with periods of heavy or moderate rain,” Tentinger said, adding that San Francisco should receive between 2 and 2½ inches of rain. “Sunday will be light to moderate.”

As far as the Mavericks Surf Contest goes, Tentinger said waves this weekend will be between 12 and 14 feet, lasting for 16 to 17 seconds. Those wave times are not long enough for Mavericks to call the competitors to the shores of Half Moon Bay.

The warmer temperatures also will mean snow will only fall at higher elevations.

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