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Atmospheric river expected to hit region through Tuesday

Flood watch, high winds warning issued for Bay Area

Water flows in the San Francisquito Creek out from under the Pope-Chaucer Bridge in Palo Alto following a storm on Jan. 5, 2023. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

A storm drenching the Bay Area on Tuesday morning is moving through the region faster than predicted, but forecasters said Big Sur and southward will see heavy rains the rest of the day.

There were chances of light and moderate showers on Monday before another atmospheric river hit the region on Tuesday, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service. Most of the region will see light to moderate rain through 11 a.m., with scattered showers through the rest of the day.

A fallen tree blocks a lane on Page Mill Road between Deer Creek and Coyote Hill roads in Palo Alto during strong winds on March 14, 2023. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

A flood watch and high winds warning is in effect for the entire Bay Area through Wednesday morning.

The area at most extreme risk continues to be Monterey County as it endures river flooding.

The weather service predicts another crest for Pajaro River at Chittenden on Wednesday morning that will be around 26.8 feet. Salinas River at Bradley is also predicted for another crest on Wednesday afternoon of around 17.4 feet.

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As for the rest of the week, Thursday will likely have drier conditions, though flooding will likely continue, and weaker rain showers will start on Friday and continue through the weekend, said the weather system.

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Atmospheric river expected to hit region through Tuesday

Flood watch, high winds warning issued for Bay Area

by Olivia Wynkoop / Bay City News Service

Uploaded: Mon, Mar 13, 2023, 12:12 pm
Updated: Tue, Mar 14, 2023, 10:12 am

A storm drenching the Bay Area on Tuesday morning is moving through the region faster than predicted, but forecasters said Big Sur and southward will see heavy rains the rest of the day.

There were chances of light and moderate showers on Monday before another atmospheric river hit the region on Tuesday, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service. Most of the region will see light to moderate rain through 11 a.m., with scattered showers through the rest of the day.

A flood watch and high winds warning is in effect for the entire Bay Area through Wednesday morning.

The area at most extreme risk continues to be Monterey County as it endures river flooding.

The weather service predicts another crest for Pajaro River at Chittenden on Wednesday morning that will be around 26.8 feet. Salinas River at Bradley is also predicted for another crest on Wednesday afternoon of around 17.4 feet.

As for the rest of the week, Thursday will likely have drier conditions, though flooding will likely continue, and weaker rain showers will start on Friday and continue through the weekend, said the weather system.

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