This is one of the strongest April storms in recent memory.
This storm is much more typical of what you would expect in February. So far we have seen more than 3 inches of rain in some areas but it was the winds that were most amazing. Gusts of winds of over 50 mph were common around much of the San Francisco Bay Area. And there was a gust over Mount Diablo of 76 mph!
The worst part of the storm is past but there is more rain to come. Showers and breezy weather will continue today. Rain will then intensify tonight and the winds will pick-up again but won’t be as strong as last night. There is also a chance of thunderstorms.
Big waves continue to pound the beaches on west to northwest facing beaches. Shore breaks between 12 to 16 feet will be common through tomorrow morning. Riptides churned up by the waves will make for dangerous surf and swimming. Beach hazards remain in effect through Saturday morning.
Hazards are: large shore breaks… rip currents… and sneaker waves
Timing: Friday morning through Saturday morning
Location: The coastline from northern Sonoma county south through southern Monterey county. In particular west to northwest facing beaches including but not limited to Ocean beach, Montara state beach, Marina state beach, Monterey state beach and Asilomar state beach.
Potential Impacts: Large shore breaks could injure beachgoers. Sneaker waves could knock unsuspecting people into the cold, turbulent ocean. Rip currents could pull people out to see. Be careful folks! Be sure to always keep your eyes on the ocean if you are going out there.
If you’re thinking about heading to the Sierra, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect above 7,000 feet. An amazing 2 to 3 feet of snow is possible! Snow levels will drop to between 5,000 to 6,000 feet by Saturday morning.
Showers will likely continue on Saturday in the Bay Area but dry weather is expected on Sunday. More April showers are possible next week. Stay tuned for more weather reports!