Storm Update the Bay Area's Impending Cold Front is' speeding Up'

Storm Update: the Bay Area’s Impending Cold Front is’ speeding Up’

The San Francisco Bay Area may see a wintry combination of heavy rain, small hail, and potentially high-elevation snow from a cold front headed for Northern California six hours or more before it was initially predicted, according to the National Weather Service. The first showers were expected to arrive in the North Bay late on Wednesday night, but according to weather service forecaster Matt Mehle, they will arrive this afternoon.

According to Mehle, who works in the Monterey office, “It’s definitely speeding up.” “The Bay Area will begin to experience heavy rains later tonight rather than tomorrow. It will go on into a portion of the Thursday morning commute before fading away later in the day. It will push into the South Bay around the middle of tomorrow’s commute, around 7 or 8 p.m. That is around six hours earlier than yesterday.”

Small hail showers may occur briefly on Thursday morning along with snowfall on the highest mountain peaks, including Mounts Tamalpais, Diablo, Hamilton, and Umunhum. Given that the storm is absorbing some moisture from the tropics, Mehle said he would describe it as a weak atmospheric river rather than a fully developed one.

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Mehle stated over the phone, “It has some moisture linked with it, but it’s not a pineapple express. Those have a deeper moisture tap from Hawaii. Mehle predicted that the main front would pass through tonight, followed by sporadic showers. “The rain will, however, quickly stop by Thursday night. Most of Friday will be dry and chilly.”

According to Mehle, the system is passing through more quickly than originally anticipated, which is causing a modest decrease in rainfall totals. San Francisco, the East Bay, and the South Bay are among the urban regions that are anticipated to receive half an inch to one inch. The greatest peaks in the area could get up to 3 inches, and the coastal mountains of the North Bay could see up to 1 to 2 inches.

For the mountains, it appeared to be 2 to 3 inches wide yesterday, according to Mehle. We are now backing it down to about 2 inches. A second system is anticipated to bring additional rain from Friday night through Sunday after a break on Friday morning and afternoon.

This situation will undoubtedly be weaker than the Thursday system, according to Mehle. “With the second system, there will be less overall precipitation. Lower elevations typically receive less rainfall, closer to half an inch, while coastal mountains typically receive 1 to 1.5 inches.”