Bay Area braces for arrival of strong storm system

MONTEREY – A strong storm system is on track to bring
widespread rain, gusty winds and cold temperatures to the Bay Area
overnight Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

In a briefing, the weather service’s forecast office in
Monterey said the system will move from north to south, delivering
1 to 2.5 inches of rain to North Bay and coastal mountain ranges,
.5 to 1.25 inches to interior hills and .5 to 1 inch to the rest of
the region.

Rains are expected to be heaviest during the Thursday morning
commute, according to the weather service.

The weather service said the system could also bring 1 to 2
inches of snow to the region’s highest peaks.

Breezy to locally gusty winds will develop ahead of the cold
front and be strongest Wednesday night through early Thursday
morning, according to the weather service. Gusts of 30 to 40 mph
are expected along the coast and in the hills, and the highest
peaks could see gusts in excess of 40 mph.

The weather service said isolated thunderstorms and hail are
possible Thursday afternoon and evening.

Showers are expected to linger into early Friday morning.

The same storm system will deliver 1 to 2 feet of snow to
elevations above 2,000 to 3,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada,
according to the weather service’s forecast office in
Sacramento.

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A winter storm warning took effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday and is
slated to run through 6 a.m. Friday. Major delays, along with chain
controls and road closures, are likely. The weather service said
travel is highly discouraged Wednesday night and Thursday.

Check back for updates.

Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Bay Area braces for arrival of strong storm system