Bay Area Shivers as Temperatures Tie Record Low, Frost and Coastal Flood Advisories in Place

Bay Area Shivers as Temperatures Tie Record Low, Frost and Coastal Flood Advisories in PlaceSource: NWS Bay Area
Eileen Vargas
Published on February 08, 2024

The frost has set in across the Bay Area, and it's not just the local residents feeling the chill. The National Weather Service San Francisco stated that today's temperatures are expected to tie with the record low set back in 1986. As technology falters with the KMUX radar inoperative, tech heads are scratching their heads to get it back online and return to service, which remains a question mark.

While the showers seem to relent, a 'Frost Advisory' is in place for several valleys, including North Bay and areas within Monterey County, until 9 AM today. According to the National Weather Service, "Drier northerly winds are developing," meaning jackets will be the day's fashion necessity as highs creep to a modest mid-50s. Yet, the cold isn't the only concern— a 'Coastal Flood Advisory' stretches its arms around the San Francisco and North Bay valley shorelines until Saturday morning, with warnings of sneaky floods during high tides, most likely hitting from 6 AM to 10 AM daily.

A peek into the weekend points to a slight warm-up, but don't pack away the gloves and scarves just yet. Evening and early morning hours will keep the chill in the air, promising that spring has not sprung, at least not in the Bay Area. As for next week, keep those umbrellas close at hand — wet weather is expected to make a comeback, per National Weather Service forecasts.

Amateur sailors and veteran seafarers alike will want to note that 'Small Craft Advisories' are peppering the marine forecast. Winds may have decided to take it easy through Thursday. Still, elevated seas intend to linger longer before calming through the weekend, the National Weather Service warned last night. Elsewhere, X notes from the NWS Bay Area team capture the region's bone-chilling temps this morning, with many "seeing temperatures in the low 40s to mid 30s."

For those commuting or just looking to enjoy the waterfront parks and roads, beware of isolated closures due to minor coastal flooding. The advisory, in effect until Saturday, cautions tide levels approximately one foot above predictions. For detailed information and safety guidance, residents are encouraged to consult the official alert on the National Weather Service alert page.