Weather Alert Issued for Thursday in Bay Area

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The National Weather Service has issued a warning for Thursday where they expect widespread rain and gusty winds.  The rain is expected to hit Thursday morning and will be heavy at times with a 1/2 inch to an inch of rain to fall.

Here is the alert:

...A SIGNIFICANT STORM SYSTEM REMAINS ON TRACK TO BRING
WIDESPREAD RAIN AND GUSTY WINDS TO OUR AREA ON THURSDAY...

A COLD FRONT CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARDS THE COAST TODAY AND IS
EXPECTED TO BRING WIDESPREAD RAIN TO THE AREA BEGINNING TONIGHT
IN THE NORTH BAY AREA SPREADING SOUTH IN TO THE MONTEREY AREA ON
THURSDAY. MODERATE RAINFALL...WHICH COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL
IMPACT THE MORNING COMMUTE WITH URBAN FLOODING AND PONDING ON THE
ROADWAYS POSSIBLE. BREEZY CONDITIONS WILL ALSO ACCOMPANY WITH
RAINFALL. RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SHOWERS BEHIND THE FRONT WITH
THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE THURSDAY EVENING AND NIGHT.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE FORECAST TO RANGE FROM 1 TO 2 INCHES ACROSS
THE NORTH BAY WITH GENERALLY 1/2 TO 1 INCH AROUND SAN FRANCISCO
BAY PLUS DOWN TO SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AND THE SANTA LUCIA RANGE. FOR
THE REST OF OUR AREA, LESS THAN 1/2 INCH OF RAINFALL IS FORECAST.

IN ADDITION TO THE RAIN...GUSTY WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS ARE
ANTICIPATED WITH MANY LOCATIONS SEEING SPEEDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH
LOCAL GUSTS OVER 35 MPH.

ONE MORE HAZARD TO BE AWARE OF IS EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE WAVES
GENERATED BY THIS STORM SYSTEM...WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN TO
IMPACT THE COAST THURSDAY EVENING. THESE EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE WAVES
WILL BE A HAZARD TO MARINERS AND BEACH GOERS ALIKE WITH A HIGH
RISK OF BEACH VISITORS BEING WASHED OFF OF THE BEACH BY A SNEAKER
WAVE. THESE LARGE WAVES COMBINED WITH THE STRONG ONSHORE WINDS AND
HIGH TIDE OF AROUND SIX AND A HALF FEET WILL ALSO RESULT IN SOME
MINOR COASTAL FLOODING IN AREAS SUCH AS MILL
VALLEY...SAUSALITO...RIO DEL MAR NEAR THE APTOS RIVER AND ALSO THE
PAJARO DUNES AREA.

CONFIDENCE REMAINS FAIRLY HIGH FOR THE TIMING ALONG WITH THE
EXPECTED RAINFALL FORECAST.

PERSONS WITH ANY TRAVEL PLANS -- INCLUDING COMMUTERS -- ON
THURSDAY SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. NOW IS A
GOOD TIME TO CHECK STORM DRAINS AND GUTTERS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE
CLEARED OUT BEFORE THE RAIN ARRIVES.