A pedestrian waits at an intersection in light rain in downtown San Jose, California, Monday, December 18, 2023. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Enjoy the sun on New Year's Day because it will be replaced on Tuesday by rain and other “unsettled weather” that will continue through Thursday.
Fortunately, forecasters with the National Weather Service said the amount of rain arriving with this Pacific storm should be mostly “helpful” — about a half-inch inland and up to 1.5 to 2 inches near the coast. If any coastal flooding occurs, meteorologists said it should be “minimal.”
Meteorologists have not yet issued any of the high surf warnings that were in effect on Saturday, when strong waves hit the coast, especially beaches in Santa Cruz County. This swell in the northwest had diminished by Sunday, meteorologists said. However, the new storm could bring strong winds and stormy conditions over the ocean by midweek, and forecasters will reassess conditions after that to see if any warnings are necessary.
Forecasters expect a brief respite from the rain on Thursday, with mostly dry conditions that day, followed by another storm starting Friday, with snow levels likely to drop to 2,000 to 4,000 feet by Sunday. Anyone planning to travel to the mountains over the weekend should check the weather forecast before leaving.
With rain falling in the Bay Area, snow is expected to fall on and off in the Sierra and greater Lake Tahoe area through the week, starting Tuesday night with temperatures dropping into the 20s and low 30s. Snow is definitely in the forecast on Wednesday, with the daytime high reaching 34 degrees, while forecasters say there's a chance of snow on Thursday and Friday. Heavy snow is expected to fall on Saturday, when temperatures will reach 29 to 34 degrees, and on Saturday night, when temperatures may drop to between 8 and 18 degrees.
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