45-foot waves could hit Bay Area coast, ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ on Sunday

The worst storm of the new year has passed through the Bay Area, but a high surf advisory remains in effect Friday as large waves continue to crash along the coast.

Waves between 25 to 35 feet are expected to batter local shores, with “favored locations” expected to see occasional waves exceeding 45 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

So far, breaking waves between 17 to 21 feet have been spotted along San Francisco’s coastline, along with open ocean waves around 15 feet, said Matt Mehle, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“We’re still seeing very high surf impacting the coastline,” he said.

Visitors taking advantage of the dry weather and heading to Bay Area beaches should stay off of rocks and jetties, Mehle said.

The high surf advisory remains in effect until 5 p.m.

Lingering showers are still possible in the North Bay and San Francisco this weekend as a storm moves into southern Oregon and Northern California.

“It’s more passing showers than it’s going to be wet all day,” Mehle said.

This weekend will also include a total lunar eclipse on Sunday night and early Monday morning. Known as the “super blood wolf moon” for its reddish tint, the full eclipse will be visible in all of North America for a little over an hour, around 8:41 p.m.

But cloud cover from the weak storm expected to arrive Sunday in the Bay Area could obscure views of the eclipse.

“It may still be cloudy during the totality,” said Anna Schneider, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “It may not clear up until that’s over.”

As of Friday morning, San Francisco had received 10.28 inches of rainfall, or about 91 percent of normal rainfall totals for the water year, which began Oct. 1.

Santa Rosa received 17.12 inches, or 93 percent of average, and San Jose had received 5.9 inches, or 87 percent of the water year’s expected total, according to the National Weather Service.

Next week’s forecast includes dry and cool weather.

Gwendolyn Wu is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: gwendolyn.wu@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @gwendolynawu

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