Another major storm will affect much of California starting the afternoon of Monday, March 13, and lasting until Wednesday, March 15.
The full force of the storm is expected to hit SF on Monday evening, with heavy rains and powerful wind gusts of 55-70 mph expected overnight and into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
With the ground already saturated and regional river levels well above average, life-threatening flooding is a major concern. In response, the NWS has issued a flood watch and high wind warning for SF from Monday to Tuesday evening.
Sonoma and Napa counties, and Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, will see the most precipitation, 3-4 inches of rain through Wednesday. The Santa Cruz Mountains and coast could potentially get up to 3 inches, but the rest of the Bay Area will likely only accumulate 1-2 inches, according to the SF Chronicle.
Falling limbs and entire trees are also expected in SF and across the region. On Saturday, March 11, an 85-foot tall eucalyptus tree fell onto the Trocadero Clubhouse in Sigmund Stern Grove, according to SF Rec and Parks. Luckily no one was injured in the accident but the damage to the historic structure is extensive.
In the Sierra Range, 3 to 5 feet of snow accumulation is likely above 7500 feet. Below 5000 feet, snow melt will exacerbate the potential for flooding in the region.
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