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Torrential atmospheric river is headed to the Bay Area. Here’s a timeline of impacts

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The Bay Area, soggy from the weekend rain, will not begin to dry out until the end of the week after two more heavy rain systems, along with damaging wind gusts of up to 70 mph, hit the region on Monday and Tuesday.

First storm: light but windy
A rainy Monday morning – courtesy of an overnight low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska – is on tap for the Bay Area, Northern California and Pacific Northwest. With the Bay Area at the edge of this cold front, the rain will be light but the day will be blustery as the front moves east.

In the Sierra Nevada, up to 1 foot of snow could pelt the highest peaks along Crystal Range, Donner Summit and Echo Pass. Snow levels will vary from 6,500 to 7,500 feet.

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Bay Area weather will start to feel tropical today as atmospheric river storm looms

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Bay Area residents are in for another round of pop-up thunderstorms and humid air today as the atmosphere continues to moisten. Most of Northern California’s coastline will feel more and more like a tropical environment in the coming days as winds slowly begin to blow from the southwest.

If this sounds familiar to the active weather from early January, it’s because these are the early stages of what will eventually evolve into a Pineapple Express – a huge flow of atmospheric moisture between Hawaii and California. This moisture will then precipitate out as bursts of heavy downpours and snow by this weekend. Until then, its streams will raise isolated thunderstorms every day this week across Northern California.

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Here’s how much rain and snow is heading to Northern California this weekend

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The calendar may have turned a page, but the rain-making systems that impacted California throughout February will stay strong through the first weekend of March, bringing more rain to the Bay Area and heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada.

After the past few days served as a brief respite from a parade of storms, colder temperatures and a chance of precipitation will return by daybreak Saturday and persist through the weekend.

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Bay Area gets a short break from winter storm. Here’s when the rain and snow will return

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But the intense onslaught of winter weather will come to a pause today. A high-pressure system off the coast of California will spread into the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada this morning. Look for mostly sunny skies and a steady stream of warm daytime temperatures this afternoon and over the next few days as its warm, dry air reaches all corners of the state, stomping out any lingering rain and snow showers. But the high-pressure system’s brief pause in wintry weather will last only through Friday afternoon.

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Bay Area Zoos & Wildlife Experiences for Families

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A trip to the zoo has always been a treasured outing for families, and today’s zoos offer a chance to not only observe and meet animals in naturalistic habitats but to learn about conservation and how we’re working to protect them in the wild as well. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a variety of zoos for families to experience, from traditional parks like the Oakland and San Francisco zoos to a chance to meet Bay Area native animals at CuriOdyssey in San Mateo to unique wildlife preserves like Santa Rosa’s Safari West (where you can even stay overnight after your tour).

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After brief Bay Area warm-up, wind and cold air will surge back in this week. Here’s the outlook

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The Bay Area can expect another roller-coaster ride when it comes to temperatures this week.

After a cloudy and cool Saturday, skies were sunny and temperatures warmed up to near average for Super Bowl Sunday. The sunshine and warmth will hang on for Monday, as the ridge of high pressure weakens and slowly heads south.

But then a trough, or an area of low-pressure, will usher in colder air, sending temperatures back down.

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Sunshine returns to Bay Area: Here’s how warm temperatures will get this week

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After a wet weekend, a weather pattern shift will bring clear skies and frigid morning lows to the Bay Area on Monday — but a big warm-up is on the way.

A low-pressure system moving through Northern California over the weekend delivered rain, wind and heavy Sierra snow. That low has moved out of the state and on Monday was near the Four Corners region of the Southwest.

Before leaving, the storm helped San Francisco reach a major milestone: As of Saturday, seven months into the 2022-23 rain season, the city had received a full season’s worth of rainfall.

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Bay Area braces for more as new drenching starts, Newsom seeks federal aid

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As another round of drenching, windy weather bore down on already-hammered California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday asked President Biden to declare an emergency to help with storm response in the state.

Newsom said the emergency declaration would unlock the “full support of the federal government” in the face of yet more fierce storms predicted this week that could lead to more flooding, landslides and power failures on top of last week’s deadly bomb cyclone deluge.

Newsom said he was confident, based on his conversations with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, that Biden would declare an emergency.

“We are doing all we can to be as proactive as we can,” Newsom said at a news conference.

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More showers coming Monday to Bay Area, powerful storm later this week

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After a weekend deluge that saw San Francisco taking on 5.46 inches of rainfall in one day — just short of an all-time record and the most rain that’s ever fallen on New Year’s Eve — the Bay Area was left saturated. Flooding remained in lower lying areas across the region as Sunday dawned clear, with afternoon temperatures running a few degrees warmer than average. But therespite is expected to be short-lived.

Another round of wet weather is on tap this week, albeit less intense initially than what walloped the area over the weekend.

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Bay Area-wide West Coast Jamboree features girls national No. 2 Etiwanda

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The 22nd West Coast Jamboree, one of the largest girls basketball tournaments in the country, starts Wednesday and finishes Friday with championship games in nearly a dozen Bay Area venues.

Though weather conditions and flight disruptions have forced some changes, the tournament is scheduled to feature 108 teams from at least six states (California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Texas) in 14 divisions.

The top division is Platinum and will be played at Dublin High School with Etiwanda-Rancho Cucamonga (10-0) — SBLive’s No. 2 national team — leading the way. Cal-Hi Sports’ 2021-22 State Sophomore of the Year Kennedy Smith and Freshman of the Year Aliyahna Morris spark the Eagles.

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