Hazardous Winter Weather Alert
Current Conditions -
A powerful storm system remains on track to impact the San Francisco/Monterey Bay Region beginning on Thursday, February 5th and continuing through the weekend. The greatest concern will be across the North Bay due to the potential for locally heavy rainfall that will likely lead to flash flooding and minor flooding of small streams and low lying areas. In addition, strong and gusty southerly winds will increase the threat for down trees, which may result in isolated power outages.
Rain will move into the North Bay on Thursday and then progress southward through our entire area on Friday. Rain will then continue through the weekend. Isolated amounts especially for coastal ranges will likely be even higher. Local flooding is possible especially for North Bay Valley spots plus intersections with poor drainage. Rain will likely be heavy at times. Sandbags are available at the City's Corporation Yard, 550 North Canal on a first come, first serve basis. Please bring your own shovel in case the prefilled bags are gone.
Wind will increase through the day on Thursday with gusty conditions expected late Thursday through Friday. Southwesterly winds will locally gust in excess of 40 mph for areas north of Monterey Bay. Higher elevation spots could see gusts over 60 mph. Some trees could be toppled which may lead to power outages and road hazards.
Slick Roads - Due to the extended period of dry weather, the first round of rain will make roads very slick which could make for much longer than normal commute times. The Friday morning commute will likely be greatly impacted for the North Bay and both the North Bay plus the entire San Francisco Bay Area Friday afternoon.
Estimated Rainfall - Bay Area
Flash Flood Watch - North Bay
High Winds - Bay Area
- Encourage your family members and/or employees to listen to the radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
- Make sure your family and co-workers know what to do when the power goes out, including ensuring that a portable radio and flashlights are on hand with extra batteries (avoid the use of candles-fire hazard)
- Keep plastic sheeting, heavy duty plastic garbage bags (emergency raincoats), scissors and duct tape on hand to cover broken windows or to seal leaks
- Maintain at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member Have first aid supplies and medicines on hand, as well as cash
- Make sure gas gauge on the family car and work vehicle is at least ¾ full
- The name and phone numbers of out-of-town contacts
- Safe routes from your home or business to higher ground
- A place to reunite if you and family members are separated
- Considerations for family members with access and functional needs
To report emergencies, flooding in a business, or downed power lines please call 911.
Please take this as an opportunity for you, your family and co-workers to be prepared and be weather smart!