Strong winds knock SF Bay Area, close to Stern Grove

LATEST April 11, 6:20 pm Powerful winds kicked up across the San Francisco Bay Area Monday afternoon and continued into the evening. The gusty conditions knocked over trees spirit power lines with gusts up to 30 to 50 mph recorded across the region.

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department temporarily closed Stern Grove due to the dangerous windy conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory that’s in effect through 9 pm tonight.

The National Weather Service said top wind speeds included a 54 mph gust at the San Francisco International Airport.

April 11, 6 am Cooler and unsettled weather swept the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday morning, with a cold front dropping down from the Pacific Northwest and delivering a chance of rain. “A winter-like pattern is developing” and is expected to persist through Saturday, the National Weather Service tweeted.

Weather service forecaster Brooke Bingaman said light rain was falling over Bodega Bay in the northern part of Sonoma County at 5:30 am and the precipitation is expected to gradually spread south through the morning.

“It will be arriving in San Francisco soon,” Bingaman said. “The morning commute will probably be wet. The rain should continue until 10 am or 11 am and then it will move south of the Bay Area.”

Most areas across the Bay Area are forecast to receive 0.10 inches of rain with Monday’s system, while some of the higher-elevation coastal terrain could measure up to a quarter of an inch, maybe even a half-inch.

Clear skies are in the forecast overnight with dry conditions expected Tuesday, but the chance for rain returns Wednesday.

“We are looking at an unsettled pattern through the latter half of the week,” Bingaman said. “Wednesday through Saturday, there will be intermittent periods of rain. We’re not talking downpours, but people should have a raincoat or umbrella handy.”

Overall, temperatures through the work week will be mild to chilly, with daytime highs ranging from 5 to 15 degrees cooler than normal and overnight lows near normal to 5 to 10 degrees below normal, the weather service said. Monday and Tuesday are predicted to be the coldest days of the week.

“Gradual warming is expected by the end of the week where highs are forecast to get back into the mid-60s to low 70s,” the weather service said in its forecast. “On Sunday, a bit more warming should occur with highs in the upper 60s to mid-70s as a ridge develops over the West Coast.”

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