The gloomy damp of Thursday morning will seem like fine weather by the end of the day, when the second in a series of three successive storms is expected to return heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the North Coast, forecasters said.
The heaviest rain will likely come overnight, but the Thursday evening commute will be plenty wet, National Weather Service meteorologist Diana Henderson said.
The storm is expected to drop 3-to-6 inches of rain on the area by Friday, she said.
"It's just going to be a blanket of gunk," Henderson said.
An even wetter storm was forecast for Saturday night, with total rainfall by Sunday exceeding a foot in the wettest locations - places like Cazadero, Venado and other coastal hill locations that typically receive heaviest rainfall, Henderson said.