Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS66 KMTR 201105

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area
305 AM PST Fri Jan 20 2017

.SYNOPSIS...An approaching cold front will result in strong, gusty
winds and moderate to locally heavy rainfall through the morning.
In addition, isolated thunderstorms will be possible. Showers
then linger into Saturday morning with another, likely wetter
system arriving late Saturday into Sunday. Given the antecedent
conditions from recent rainfall, this system will have the
potential to result in additional flooding concerns across
portions of the region. Showers will then linger behind this cold
front into Monday with dry conditions returning by Tuesday.

&& of 03:03 AM PST Friday...Generally light to
occasionally moderate rainfall continues to spread across the
region this morning in advance of an approaching cold front.
Southerly winds have also increased over the past few hours as the
boundary nears the coast with wind gusts exceeding 40 MPH over the
coastal waters and in the higher elevations across the region.
Thus, a Wind Advisory remains in effect through the morning for
these strong, gusty winds ahead of the cold front. Precipitation
is forecast to increase in coverage and intensity over the next
few hours as deeper moisture advects inland into the coast.
Rainfall will likely become moderate to heavy at times through the
early morning hours as well given increased instability. With
this, there is the potential for rain rates to increase into the
0.50" to 0.75" per hour range and will likely result in urban and
small stream flooding concerns. Will also continue to mention a
slight chance of thunderstorms as well given the higher MUCAPE
values. Flooding concerns will be greatest over the North Bay and
along the coastal ranges down through the Central Coast where
orographic lifting will aid in 1.50" to 2.00" rainfall
accumulation within 2-3 hours or so through sunrise.

In wake of the frontal passage later this morning, wind speeds will
diminish and heavier precipitation will tapper off from north to
south across the region. Lingering showers along with a slight
chance of a thunderstorm or two will likely persist through much of
the and into tonight in the post-frontal environment. By Saturday
late morning/early afternoon, showers will be few and far between
with a bit of a break in precipitation for a good portion of the

Our third and final system in this series remains on track to impact
the region from late Saturday into Sunday morning. This system
appears to have a deeper moisture tap with PWAT values forecast to
range between 1.00" to 1.25". Given this, expecting rainfall amounts
to be greater than the previous two systems which may lead to a
greater threat for flooding issues. Additional rainfall amounts from
Saturday into Sunday will range from 0.75" to 1.25" in most urban
areas and upwards of2.00" in the North Bay Valleys. Meanwhile, the
coastal ranges and North Bay Mountains will likely see 2.00" to 4.00"
with isolated amounts upwards of 6.00". Thus, a Flash Flood Watch
may be considered for portions of the region if the forecast models
remain consistent. Along with the additional rainfall, southerly
winds will also increase and become gusty at times ahead of the
frontal boundary that will sweep through late Saturday night into
early Sunday morning.

Showers will then likely linger into Sunday night and even through
much of the day Monday as the main mid/upper level low drops
southward down along the northern California coast. By Tuesday, the
rough will shift inland while a ridge begins to develop off of the
West Coast. This ridge will maintain dry weather conditions through
the remainder of next week with temperatures near seasonal


.AVIATION...As of 9:55 PM PST Thursday...Scattered showers and
gusty south winds expected through tonight ahead of the
approaching cold front. Decreased vsbys possible with moderate to
heavy showers. Widespread rain and strong and gusty southerly
winds will accompany the cold front as it sweeps across the region
late tonight into Friday morning. Wind gusts are expected to
reach 30 to 40 kt overnight. Moderate to brief heavy rain showers
expected Friday during the morning rush. IFR cigs/vsbys possible
with heaviest showers. Isolated thunderstorms with small hail
possible with this next system as well. Have included prob30`s
between 20z and 01z tomorrow.

Vicinity of KSFO....Isolated showers will persist through the
tonight with mainly MVFR cigs expected. South to southeast winds
around 10 kt expected to begin gradually increasing around 07z
becoming gusty with sustained winds reaching 25 kt with gusts to
around 35 kt. Strongest winds expected after 10z. An isolated
thunderstorm cannot be ruled out Friday afternoon.

SFO Bridge Approach...Similar to SFO.

Monterey Bay Terminals...Isolated showers will persist through the
tonight with mainly MVFR cigs expected. Southeast winds around 10
kt expected to begin gradually increasing around 07z becoming
gusty with sustained winds reaching 20 kt with gusts to around 30
kt. Strongest winds expected after 12z. An isolated thunderstorm
cannot be ruled out Friday afternoon.

&& of 03:03 AM PST Friday...Strong southerly gale force
winds will continue across the coastal waters through this morning
ahead an approaching cold front. As a result rough and hazardous
seas will continue through today. After the front passes this
morning winds will shift to the west but remain moderate and
gusty. Winds will increase again Saturday night as another
frontal system approaches. Very large swells arrive Friday
afternoon with swell heights building to 25 to 30 feet Friday
night and Saturday. Rouge waves of 30 feet or greater are
possible during this timeframe.


     .Tday...Wind Advisory...CAZ006-505-507-509-511-512-517-518-529-530
             High Surf Warning...CAZ006-505-509-529-530
             SCA...Mry Bay from 7 AM
             SCA...Pt Reyes to Pigeon Pt 0-10 nm from 7 AM
             SCA...Pigeon Pt to Pt Pinos 0-10 nm from 7 AM
             SCA...Pt Pinos to Pt Piedras Blancas 0-10 nm from 7 AM
             SCA...Pigeon Pt to Pt Piedras Blancas 10-60 nm from 7 AM
             GLW...SF Bay until 7 AM
             GLW...Mry Bay until 7 AM
             GLW...Pt Reyes to Pigeon Pt 0-10 nm until 7 AM
             GLW...Pigeon Pt to Pt Pinos 0-10 nm until 7 AM
             GLW...Pt Pinos to Pt Piedras Blancas 0-10 nm until 7 AM
             GLW...Pigeon Pt to Pt Piedras Blancas 10-60 nm until 7 AM
             SCA...Pt Arena to Pt Reyes 0-10 nm
             SCA...Pt Arena to Pigeon Pt 10-60 nm
             GLW...Pt Arena to Pt Reyes 0-10 nm until 4 AM
             GLW...Pt Arena to Pigeon Pt 10-60 nm until 4 AM
             SCA...Rough Bar Advisory for SF Bar
             SCA...SF Bay from 7 AM



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