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Published on January 25, 2024
North Bay Valleys Emerge from Dense Fog Advisory, Bay Area Prepares for Drying Conditions and Potential Weekend WarmupSource: Corey Agopian corey_lyfe, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Early risers in the North Bay Valleys needed to keep a keen eye this morning as thick fog rolled in, triggering a Dense Fog Advisory that stayed in place until 10 AM. In a tweet from the NWS Bay Area, drivers were cautioned to "use caution on area roadways, use low beams, and keep extra distance from other cars." The advisory came on the heel of Wednesday's showers which left behind ample low-level moisture leading to the reduced visibility.

Despite the foggy start, the region is set to see drying conditions as we head into the weekend. According to the National Weather Service San Francisco CA, "Drier conditions develop today" and we can expect temperatures to linger in the upper 50s to lower 60s, cooler in the region's peaks. By nighttime, the thermometer is expected to dip into the mid to upper 40s around the Bay Area and into the mid-30s for the interior stretches of the Central Coast.

The report details that the upcoming weekend ushers the possibility of "light rain" over parts of the North Bay on Friday and Saturday, with anticipated rainfall totals less than a tenth of an inch. A "gradual warming trend will kick off Friday" and soar into the weekend. By Sunday, some areas could experience low to mid-70s, flirting with record temperatures for the time of year.

Marine conditions are also in focus over the next few days with "clear skies and light northwest breezes" ruling the day today. Some coastal regions are cautioned to brace for "breezy winds" according to the NWS's marine forecast. Despite the calm, small craft advisories have been hoisted from 10 AM today till as late as 3 AM PST Friday in certain pockets from Pigeon Point to Point Piedras Blancas due to a westerly swell anticipated to strike the outer waters through this evening.

As Bay Area residents enjoy the brief respite from the rain, they are warned not to pack away their umbrellas just yet. The forecast discussion hints at another wet pattern that could emerge by the middle of next week, bringing another wave of precipitation to the region. The specifics regarding the potential rainfall's impact are still up in the air, but with many details yet to be ironed out, residents are advised to stay tuned for updates in the days ahead.