Rainy day on tap for Bay Area

SAN JOSE (KTVU) -- Wet weather in the South Bay was raising the possibility of mud slides Thursday evening as crews worked to remove debris from storm drains.

The loose soil and dirt could transform into mud slide if an expected line of  precipitation brings heavy rain to the southern region of the Bay.

CalTrans crews were working to remove debris from storm drains to minimize water ponding on roadways. Meanwhile, crews from PG&E were working Thursday afternoon to trim tree limbs in the Santa Cruz mountains to minimize the risk of power outages from falling limbs.

 "The (tree limbs) are very close," said Emmanual Estrada, a PG&E worker. 

Shortly before 5 p.m., there was light rain falling in the South Bay. And chief meteorologist Bill Martin said the wet weather will stick around in the Bay Area through Friday morning with breaks expected as Friday gives way to the weekend.

The rain may be heavy on Thursday evening over the Loma and Soberanes burn scars. There may be as much as one to four inches of rain over the highest peaks, NOAA officials said.

Residents with property in the burn scar areas should protect themselves against potential debris flows or flash floods.

South winds reaching 15 to 24 mph with gusts up to 35 mph may be possible from Thursday to early Friday, NOAA officials said

KTVU reporter Jesse Gary contributed to this report.