- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rainy weather was expected to return to the San Francisco Bay Area after a storm system dropped a little rain earlier this week.

The cold front was then expected to make its way to Southern California late Thursday and early Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall totals ranging from a half-inch to 1.5 inches were expected across parts of Northern California.

“The mountains will see upward of 2 inches of rain,” forecaster Steve Anderson said.

Along the Central Coast, the weather service issued a flash flood watch for a burn area from Thursday afternoon into Friday morning.

The fire charred 206 square miles in the scenic coastal mountains north of Big Sur and mudslides are possible.

There is also a chance of rain over the weekend but Anderson said dry weather was expected by Halloween on Monday.

“Except in Sonoma County, where light rain on Monday evening is possibly,” he said.

Downpours greater than a half-inch an hour could trigger flash floods and debris flows in burn areas, forecasters said.

It’s too early to tell if California, now on a six-year drought, will see a wet winter.

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