Weather Update, 2/17/16
*Impact 1 (Rain) :
· Widespread rainfall can be expected with locally heavy rainfall possible, especially along the coastal ranges. The most notable impact will be potential for a wet afternoon/evening commute on Wednesday.
*Impact 2 (Winds):
· South to southeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 to 50 mph can be expected in elevations near and above 1000 feet by Wednesday afternoon.
· These wind speeds may result in tree damage that could lead to isolated power outages.
· Difficult driving conditions are also likely in the higher elevations, especially for high profile vehicles and those pulling trailers/campers.
Wind Advisory for the Following Areas:
North Bay Mountains
East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range
Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest
Mountains of San Benito County and Interior Monterey County, including Pinnacles National Park
· For all current watch/warning/advisories, http://1.usa.gov/1boSTTW
· Moderate to High for the timing and location of the greatest impact.
· Wind speeds will increase over the region Wednesday morning and peak in the afternoon and early evening.
· Widespread rainfall will mainly impact the region Wednesday afternoon and evening with lingering showers continuing into Thursday.
· Widespread rainfall will impact the entire region on Wednesday.
· The heaviest rainfall will likely occur over the coastal ranges were isolated locations may pick up as much as 1.25” through Thursday night.
· The strongest wind speeds will impact locations near and above 1000 feet in elevations while locally breezy conditions are expected in lower elevations, especially near the coast.
A Pacific storm system will approach the region on Wednesday and spread rainfall across the entire region Wednesday afternoon and evening. Wind speeds will also increase Wednesday morning, peaking during the afternoon and early evening, ahead of a cold frontal passage. A few thunderstorms will be possible late Wednesday afternoon and evening with lingering showers likely through Thursday morning. A secondary, weak weather system passing to the north on Friday will bring another chance of light rain to the North Bay. However, no major impacts are expected at this time from this system.
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