Subsequent wave of rain shifting into Bay Space Thursday, blizzard warning issued in Sierra

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — After a respite from the rain, another wave of precipitation is expected to drop on the San Francisco Bay Area beginning Thursday. Up to 2 inches of rain is expected in lower elevations of the Bay Area and Central Coast through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

There is potential for rain totals to be greater than 2 inches in higher elevations such as the North Bay mountains and Santa Cruz Mountains, weather officials said. The rainfall will come in periods of light to moderate precipitation starting Thursday and lasting through Sunday.

The winds will also pick up during the rainy weather, with westerly wind gusts forecasted to reach 30 to 40 miles per hour in the Bay Area and Central Coast. The highest gusts will be in the mountains and along the coast, NWS said. The breezy conditions are expected to last between Thursday and Saturday.

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Impacts from the rain and wind could come in the form of downed tree branches, isolated power outages, slower commute times, ponding of water on roadways and rises in creeks and streams, according to officials.

Escaping from the rain and heading to the Sierra is “highly discouraged,” as a blizzard warning has been issued, and travel in the area “will be nearly impossible,” weather service officials said. “Driving conditions will deteriorate rapidly Friday-Saturday AM with white-out conditions & near-zero visibility from this dangerous winter storm,” NWS Sacramento posted to X, formerly Twitter.

Up to 10 feet of snow is forecasted to fall in Sierra elevations above 5,000 feet, and up to 4 feet of snow in areas above 3,000 feet. Wind gusts could reach up to 65 miles per hour.

Stick with KRON4 News and for the latest impacts of the upcoming weather system.

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