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Rain, high winds hit Bay Area over the weekend

Urban areas expected see up to an inch of rain

An onslaught of rain and high winds hit the Bay Area Saturday morning and the bad weather will continue into the first full week of the year, according to the National Weather Service.

Light rain was expected to start shortly after midnight Friday along the coast and then will become heavier as it moves inland. Higher elevations could get some snow.

The rain was forecasted to taper off Saturday night but returned Sunday and didn't let up until Monday, according to weather officials. More storms are expected this week.

Urban areas could see up to an inch of rain, while the North Bay could get as much as 3 inches over the weekend.

With the rain came high winds, and a wind advisory was in effect for 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with winds forecasted to be between 20 and 30 mph during the day. Gusts were expected to hit 45 mph.

National Weather Service forecasters warned that trees may fall, causing power outages for residents.

The U.S. Coast Guard also warned mariners to watch out for high winds and choppy seas over the weekend. Recreational boaters should stay off the water, as should surfers.

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