Pineapple Express Set to Cause Headaches Along California Coast (Credit: Meteorologist Jessica Olsen)
DISCUSSION: On opposite ends of the US our Western friends are set to experience another pounding of wet weather due to the onslaught of a strong atmospheric river making its way to the California coast.
Light to moderate rain is currently falling in the Northern California region extending to the San Francisco Bay Area, as the atmospheric river from the Eastern Pacific brings moisture and a strong cold front to the region today with showers into the overnight. The immediate Bay Area is expecting flooding conditions, mud/landslides and heavy rainfall to make its way in the area, bringing similar conditions the past two months of rain that have brought to the area. In addition to the heavy rainfall expected winds are expected to increase with gusts up to 40 knots offshore.
Temperatures are mid and currently in the mid to upper 60’s throughout central and northern California. Despite increased moisture in the area, southern California is still seeing the brunt of drought conditions, to which this plume of moisture will provide no relief. Thursday, February 9th, some locations can see upwards of 4 inches of rain, already adding to some dangerous conditions from previous storms.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for: North Bay, Northern Monterey Bay, San Francisco Peninsula, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Mountains, and Los Padres National Forest
A Wind Advisory is in effect for North Bay and East Bay Hill/Mountains.
A Coastal Flood Warning for Sonoma County Coast to Monterey County Coast.
For more continued coverage on drought information and forecasts be sure to check the Global Weather and Climate Center daily!
~Meteorologist Jessica Olsen