Mostly dry weather expected before next Bay Area storm hits Friday

Lingering showers Wednesday morning might produce some rainfall in parts of the Bay Area as a cold front passes through the region, officials said, but drier, cooler conditions are expected over the next two days before another storm makes landfall Friday morning.

Tuesday night’s storm dropped a tenth of an inch of rain on San Francisco and less than an inch in Santa Rosa, said Roger Gass, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“This one came through with not a whole lot of fanfare,” Gass said.

However, large gusts whisked through the region Tuesday night, reaching speeds over 40 mph in San Francisco and Sausalito, according to the National Weather Service. Officials received several reports of trees knocked down by Tuesday night’s storm.

A high surf advisory is still in effect through 9 p.m. Wednesday, with breaking waves of 18 to 24 feet anticipated along the coast, and waves up to 28 feet spotted off the coast of popular surf destinations such as Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, officials said.

Temperatures in the mid- to upper 50s are expected this week, with drier conditions expected to return Wednesday night.

“We should see a bit of a break from the unsettled weather,” Gass said.

Farther north, morning travel conditions into the Sierra on Interstate 80 are worsening as snow flurries are expected to continue into the evening. A winter weather advisory is in effect through 9 p.m. Wednesday for the Lake Tahoe region, with up to a foot of snow forecasted for elevations above 7,000 feet.

Gwendolyn Wu is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @gwendolynawu

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