A Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service Bay Area for the entire Bay Area from Thursday afternoon, March 9, through Sunday morning, March 12. In addition, a Wind Advisory has been issued from Thursday at 1 p.m. to Friday at 4 p.m. With the storm, there is an increased potential for an atmospheric river to impact our region starting Thursday, March 9, and continuing into the weekend, which is forecasted to bring excessive rain, strong gusty winds and thunderstorms.
Given the recent rainfall and our saturated soil in the area, urban and small stream flooding, flooded roadways, rapid rises in small streams and localized shallow mudslides are possible. Peak wind gusts could range between 30-50 mph, with higher wind speeds in the upper elevations. This will likely lead to more downed trees and the potential for power outages.
Residents are encouraged to use the breaks in the rain prior to the onset of rains on Thursday to survey and prepare their properties. Clear gutters and storm drains to avoid backups, and make sure to secure any loose outdoor items.
Visit SRCity.org/Storms for more information on winter storm preparedness.