SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The first drops of an oncoming storm began falling in the Bay Area Tuesday, and more widespread rain was predicted along with a possible dusting of snow on Bay Area peaks.

Showers began passing through the Peninsula, South Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Those showers were expected to end in a few hours with most of the rain expected to arrive later Tuesday night.

Skies were expected to begin clouding over Tuesday, and light winds will increase to 10 to 20 mph tonight and up to 30 mph by early Wednesday, National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said.

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There is a 60 percent chance of rain on Wednesday, and Henderson said the North Bay could see up to three-quarters of an inch of rain this week, with the rest of the Bay Area getting less.

Temperatures were expected to be chilly, and peaks above 3,000 feet, including Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Diablo, could see a light dusting of snow, she said.

Henderson said there is about a 50 percent chance of rain on Thursday, but that the weekend will bring clear skies and higher temperatures, possibly reaching 70 degrees in some areas.

“Right now it’s looking like it’s going to be a bit of a dryout,” she said of Saturday and Sunday.

In the Sierra, Tahoe could see up to a foot and a half of snow by Wednesday, Henderson said.

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