Rain and wind forecast for this week, beginning Tuesday

By on Sun, March 11, 2012

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain and winds this week, beginning Tuesday. Light rain is forecast for Tuesday, with heavier rain to follow. Wind gusts up to 50 MPH are possible on the Coastside. The heavy rain could produce flooding.

Rainfall totals from tuesday through the upcoming weekend are forecast to range from 3 to 6 inches in the north bay and from 1.5 to 4 inches elsewhere. These projected rainfall totals are only rough estimates based on latest forecast model output. Locally heavier rainfall totals are certainly possibly.  Particularly in the coastal mountain ranges. ...

Heavy rain may produce local urban flooding at times. Particularly in low lying areas. Also.  Significant rises on small streams and creeks will occur by later this week and some of these smaller streams may reach bankfull.  Particularly if heavy rain persists over any one area for an extended period of time. Because there has been a long period of dry weather leading up to this week. Larger rivers are expected to have ample capacity to handle runoff over the next several days.

People living in areas prone to flooding should monitor the latest forecasts for updated information.  Persons planning outdoor activities over from tuesday through the weekend should be prepared for wet and breezy conditions. Motorists should plan ahead and be ready for possible traffic delays. Anyone planning travel to the mountains should be prepared for possible winter storm conditions and should check local weather and road reports before departing.