‘Atmospheric river’ to bring heavy rain, winds to Bay Area this weekend

Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Heavy rain and gusty winds are expected in the Bay Area this weekend, marking the arrival of another atmospheric river to the region.

The National Weather Service is warning of possible flooding, mudslides, downed trees and power outages as storm conditions batter the region.

The rainfall is like to begin midday Saturday with the North Bay expected to get hit the hardest.

The weather agency predicts 4 to 6 inches of rain in San Rafael between Saturday and next Wednesday and 3 to 4 inches during the same time period in Santa Rosa.

High winds are also likely from the Sonoma County coast to the Monterey County coast, prompting a ‘high wind warning’ from the National Weather Service.

A wind advisory is in place for other inland parts of the Bay Area.

Santa Cruz will also see heavy rainfall, according to the NWS, with 4 to 6 inches.

In the Sierra, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect beginning Saturday at 7 a.m., lasting through Monday at 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service is warning of travel delays, chain controls and possible road closures because of ‘near whiteout conditions.’

The heaviest snow is expected Saturday night into Sunday.

Drivers should avoid traveling to the Sierra by Saturday afternoon.

>> To track live weather conditions, use KRON4’s Interactive Radar

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