Widespread rain is set to return to the Bay Area this weekend, with the heaviest rainfall likely to start Sunday afternoon and last into early Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters are predicting that the storm could bring 1 to 3 inches of rain in most urban areas, with 4 or more inches likely in the North Bay and gusty winds likely to accompany the rain. Before the wet weather arrives, the region is expected to see cold temperatures on Saturday morning, with the potential to drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s in valley locations, with the North Bay and southern Monterey County likely to be the coldest areas in the greater Bay Area, according to the weather service.
The heaviest rain is expected to start Sunday afternoon and last into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
“This strong storm has the potential to cause power outages due to significant rain, gusty winds and heavy snow in the mountains,” PG&E director of meteorology and fire science Scott Strenfel said in a statement. “We’re urging our customers to have a plan to keep themselves and their families safe.”
Very heavy snow will impact mountain roads significantly, and travel delays in the area are highly likely, the National Weather Service office in the Sacramento area tweeted. Monday is forecast to be the heaviest day of snowfall.
Forecasters are predicting 1 to 3 inches of rain in most urban areas, with 4 or more inches likely in the North Bay and gusty winds likely to accompany the rain.
Gusts, generally from the south, could range from 30 to 40 mph over a widespread area. In higher terrain, gusts could reach 55 mph and higher.
Additionally, a strong, widespread storm may cause power outages in the Bay Area starting Saturday, PG&E officials said Friday.
PG&E customers can track outages on the company’s website at https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/. Customers can search by individual addresses and the website has support for 16 languages.
Customers can also get notified of outages by text, email, or phone. Notifications report the cause of the outage, say when crews are on their way, when power is expected to be back on and when it has been restored.