Bay Area Braces for Rain and Dangerous Surf Conditions, Says National Weather Service

Bay Area Braces for Rain and Dangerous Surf Conditions, Says National Weather ServiceSource: NWS Bay Area
Tony Ng
Published on December 06, 2023

Bay Area residents are advised to brace for a soggy couple of days as rain is set to hit the region, bringing potential disruptions and a stark change from the recent foggy mornings. According to a forecast by the National Weather Service, cited by KRON4, the Bay Area can expect the initial round of rain to move in Wednesday late morning and continue through the afternoon, with more showers anticipated on Thursday.

The North Bay is likely to see the most precipitation, with rainfall estimates between 0.25 inch and 0.75 inch and up to one inch in the hills. In contrast, the Central Coast should expect lighter showers with 0.1 to 0.5 of an inch of rain. Conditions are such that they just may dampen outdoor plans and cause you to adjust your attire to keep dry. The rest of the Bay Area could get between 0.15 inches and half an inch of rain, as per KRON4 reports.

Alongside the rainfall, KRON4 meteorologist Kyla Grogan warns of "dangerous" surf conditions, with waves projected to reach heights of 18 to 22 feet. "These waves are erratic and can sweep someone off their feet, dragging them into the water without warning," Grogan told KRON4. She advocated for the public to avoid the coast completely until Thursday morning, underlining the significant risks posed by the high surf.

A High Surf Advisory adds to the inclement weather woes, with NWS advising beachgoers to "never turn your back to the ocean." The surf conditions are expected to remain perilous through Thursday morning. According to further information from SF Chronicle, after the rain clears, dense fog could roll in Wednesday night, potentially impacting visibility for drivers and pedestrians alike.

Amid the dreary forecast, San Francisco and the East Bay are prepped for a quarter- to a half-inch of rain, while up to three-quarters of an inch could fall north of the Golden Gate. Sonoma County's vineyards might even see up to an inch. In the South Bay, however, lighter drizzles are expected. "Look for a quarter- to a half-inch over the course of the day across San Francisco, Oakland, and the Tri-Valley area," the SF Chronicle reported. With the incoming weather, locals could find themselves navigating through both wet and foggy conditions during their daily routines.