(KRON) — A cold front blowing into the Bay Area Tuesday night will see the return of winter weather to the Bay Area, following a sunny Presidents Day weekend. Up to 18 inches of snow could be dumped in the coastal mountains south of Monterey and elevations as low as 500 feet could receive a dusting.

According to the National Weather Service, the rest of the week is going to become increasingly wet, cold and windy, starting on Tuesday. A winter storm watch has also been added to the forecast, beginning Thursday for the higher elevation of the coastal mountains south of the San Francisco Bay.

A revised forecast lowered the elevation that could see snow from 1,500 feet to 500 feet in much of the Bay Area on Thursday and Friday.

“Widespread rain, breezy winds, and cold temperatures are all possible,” said the NWS in a tweet.

The winter weather blast will bring an increased chance of snow to higher elevations with the Santa Cruz, Diablo, Gabilan and Santa Lucia ranges all likely to receive a dusting of snow. Monday’s dry conditions will continue into Tuesday but temperatures will begin to drop and the first chance of rain will arrive Wednesday and increase into Thursday and Friday.

Thursday is also likely to be the coldest day this week, according to the NWS, with temperatures likely to drop below 32 degrees, or even below 28 degrees. Heading into this weekend, we will dry out briefly before more rain arrives next week.

A wind advisory has also been issued for the early part of the week for areas that include:

  • San Francisco-Marin Coastal Range
  • Sonoma Coastal Range
  • North Bay Interior Mountains
  • Coastal North Bay, including Point Reyes National Seashore
  • North Bay Interior Valleys
  • San Francisco Bay Shoreline
  • San Francisco Peninsula Coast
  • East Bay Interior Valleys
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Santa Clara Valley, including San Jose
  • Eastern Santa Clara Hills
  • East Bay Hills
  • Southern Salinas Valley
  • Arroyo Seco and Lake San Antonio
  • Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest
  • Mountains of San Benito and Interior Monterey County
  • Northern Salinas Valley
  • Hollister Valley and Carmel Valey
  • Northern Monterey Bay
  • Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast

The NWS warns of northwest winds between 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected. The wind advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Bay City News contributed to this report.