Bay Area Prepares for Another Round of Rain

Clean out your gutters and maybe get some sand bags as the Bay Area will see another round of rain Friday afternoon, and even heavier downpour in the evening.

Friday started out nice but the storm will begin to move in the area around 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with some showers. Heavier rain is expected to move in around 10 p.m. into Saturday morning, said NBC Bay Area meteorologist Jeff Ranieri.

A High Wind Watch will be in effect from 3 p.m. through late Friday night, the National Weather Service said, and a Flash Flood Watch will be in effect from Friday evening through Saturday morning.

While the heaviest rain will come while you’re asleep, so will the wind ranging from 20 to 50 mph, and that could bring down trees and other issues like power otages. Bay Area residents can expect up to .75 to 1.50 inches of rain on average.

Kari’s Forecast: Wind and Flood Watch

[BAY] Kari’s Forecast: Wind and Flood Watch

Street flooding is possible when drains are clogged. Major rivers will also rise but the storm isn’t expected to raise the levels above flood stage. However, small creeks and streams could easily fill up fast, according to Ranieri.

A short break from the rain will come around noon on Saturday, but in the afternoon, breeze and rain will likely move in again around 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with possible isolated thunderstorms, Ranieri said. Another break will come Sunday morning but rain may develop again in the evening. 

Rain chances will continue Monday.

In the Sierra Mountains, a winter storm warning will start at 6 p.m. Friday with heavier snow expected Saturday and Sunday, according to Ranieri. The area may wee 1 to 3 feet of snow, but areas above 7,000 feet could see up to 5 feet.

Wind gusts of 40 to 70 mph are expected at times, which could result in avalance and blizzard warnings.

The Bay Area will also have the chance of a snow dusting on Monday as well with snow levels 2,000 to 2,500 feet, Ranieri said.

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