Bay Area Weather Forecast - National Weather Service
warns of powerful storm Monday
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Bay City News Service
March 27, 2006
The National Weather Service has released a special weather statement
for the greater Bay Area, warning of a powerful Pacific storm
predicted to make land Monday and issuing a wind advisory for
The storm will hit the entire area from Monterey clear to the
North Bay, weather service meteorologist Steve Markkanen said
Monday morning is expected to be warm and sunny but an approaching
cold front will bring clouds, southerly winds and chilly weather
to most of the region by the afternoon, according to the weather
By Monday evening, sustained southerly winds of up to 35 mph
and gusts of up to 50 mph will blow across the Bay Area.
A wind advisory will be in effect from 6 p.m. Monday through
9 a.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.
Higher elevations and coastal areas are expected to receive the
brunt of the storm.
Temperatures are expected to drop markedly Tuesday, by as much
as 20 degrees. The weather service warns people planning to camp
or hike in higher elevations not to be deceived by Monday's relatively
Along with strong winds the storm will bring moderate to heavy
rain with the Santa Cruz and Santa Lucia mountains most affected,
according to the weather service.
Flooding on the Russian and Napa rivers appears unlikely, the
weather service reported.
The snowline is expected to fall to between 3,000 and 4,000 feet.
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