Cold, rain, and waves expected Friday

By on Wed, March 16, 2011

The National Weather Service forecast that another Pacific storm will bring widespread rainfall Friday as a cold front moves into california.

Isolated thunderstorms with small hail…And wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph. Rainfall amounts on friday could exceed 2 inches for higher elevation locations with up to an inch possible for urban communities. This could lead to minor flooding near small streams and in urban locations.

Strong southwesterly winds could topple some trees and bring down power lines.

West to northwest swells of 16 feet at 14 to 15 seconds are forecast for Friday afternoon and evening which could lead to local beach erosion and dangerous conditions.

Snow levels will drop down as low as 2500 feet behind the front with a mixture of rain and snow expected as low as 2000 feet friday night.

A high surf advisory is in effect from 11am to 11pm Friday.

Large west-northwest swell of 14 to 16 feet with periods of 14 to 15 seconds. ... People visiting area beaches should use extra caution and expect rip currents in the surf zone. In addition minor coastal flooding will be possible.