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Sonoma County health officials issue Freeze Warning

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The County of Sonoma is issuing a freeze warning in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction for freezing overnight lows Wednesday night through Monday morning, that could result in snow and black ice. Officials recommend that residents limit time outdoors, as serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite can develop with prolonged cold weather exposure.

Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can lead to hypothermia. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that causes a dangerously low body temperature and can be fatal if untreated. Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion, severe shivering, clumsiness, slurred speech or mumbling drowsiness, weak pulse, slow, shallow breathing and progressive loss of consciousness. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms.

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Here’s the Thanksgiving holiday weather forecast — and what it means for your travels

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The atmospheric kitchen is cooking up everything from fire weather to rain and snow for California’s holiday weekend. Each part of the state will get a chance to taste one or more of these weather dishes as they build up on the platter over the next few days.

This hodgepodge of weather is being stuffed into the state by two competing weather systems. The first will be a dry, high-pressure system that will raise temperatures, winds and fire concerns for parts of California on Thanksgiving Day. The second will be a low-pressure system that will dip into Northern California on Saturday night and into Sunday, potentially creating a slick, rainy situation for travelers trying to get back home. Some holiday travelers may even wind up dealing with snow before all is said and done.

Both systems will roll into California at the start and end of the holiday weekend, and each one will bring its own unique spin for travelers to navigate.

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Mild weather continues, then a sunny Thanksgiving is on tap for the Bay Area

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The frigid mornings recently have become part of the routine, during a cold snap that’s affected the Bay Area this month. The coldest lows are in the North Bay valleys, with spots that can get to the mid-30s. Another chilly location is the interior East Bay, where lows could be in the upper 30s. Even though the mornings have been pretty cold, the weekend was overall mild, due to a ridge pattern, an area of high pressure that promotes clear skies and dry conditions. We can expect more of the same temperatures for Monday, as a ridge slowly moves east.

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Offshore winds rolling into California today. Here’s how they’ll impact the Bay Area

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It’s a cold morning across the Bay Area but temperatures are about to take a bit of turn today. Warm, dry air is filtering into the Napa Mountains and Diablo Range. This air will accelerate as it pools into San Francisco Bay, clearing out any lingering clouds and fog in its tracks.

It was only a matter of time before these dry, offshore and northeast winds – aka the Diablo winds — made their appearance. Southern California is also set to see the return of its Santa Ana winds while the Santa Barbara coast can expect Sundowners all along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Given all the rain and snow we’ve seen over the past few weeks, how concerned should Californians be about new wildfires during this week’s wind event? Depending on which part of the state you live in, the answer will vary quite a bit.

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Storm gives way to clearer Sonoma County skies, colder temps

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After days of on-again-off-again showers across the North Bay, courtesy of what some meteorologists have called the strongest storm of the season, Wednesday is promising a return of the sun.

Heavy rains from an intense system that began late Sunday dropped as much as 2 inches on parts of the region, particularly in the hills bordering Napa County, according to the National Weather Service.

The majority of Sonoma County, though, received about .75 to 1.4 inches of rain since early Monday, weather service meteorologist Roger Gass said Tuesday

Santa Rosa’s precipitation totals varied across the city, but ultimately they ranged from about .75 to 1.25 inches, Gass added.

On Monday, Santa Rosa fire officials, citing several factors that include the recent rains, declared an end to this year’s threat of severe wildfires. The announcement is specific to Santa Rosa and means residents no longer have to keep their properties in compliance with the city’s weed abatement ordinance, said Santa Rosa Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal.

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Bay Area weather: Record-breaking cold snap tapers off, ‘light rain’ in the forecast for the North Bay this weekend

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Overnight freezing temperatures shattered several records this week ahead of a warming trend in the Bay Area over the weekend and a possible storm could bring light showers to the North Bay.

Records for low temperatures were broken or equaled in a number of cities this week. Redwood City dipped to 31 degrees Friday morning, tying the lowest temperature ever on Feb. 25 set in 1931.

Richmond had a record low Thursday, with a temperature of 35 degrees compared to the previous record of 36 degrees in 1955, according to the National Weather Service. Records were also broken for Santa Rosa, which had a low of 26, beating out the last record of 28 degrees in 2018. In downtown Napa, it reached 25 degrees, breaking the record of 28 in 2018. Redwood City equalled its previous record of 30 degrees in 2018.

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Bay Area weather: Freeze continues but warmer temperatures projected for this weekend

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A peninsula frames the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco beyond on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the Marin Headlands near Sausalito, Calif. The Golden Gate National Recreational Area just released its 20-year plan for the area. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal)

Bay Area residents will have to keep scraping frost off their car windshields — but warmer weather isn’t too far off. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 60s by the weekend.

A freeze and frost warning is in effect until Friday morning for the Bay Area and Central Coast, according to the National Weather Service. The biggest risks include hypothermia for people without adequate shelter, including people and animals. Sensitive vegetation and crops might also die off during the freeze and outdoor plumbing could be damaged.

Thursday morning, it reached 27 degrees in Santa Rosa, 33 degrees in San Jose, 41 degrees in San Francisco and 34 degrees at the Oakland International Airport. The coldest spots were interior locations of Monterey and San Benito counties, with temperatures dipping into the 10s.

“They get influence off of the oceans,” said forecaster Matt Mehle. “Coastal areas near the Bay shoreline tend to be warmer, as opposed to Santa Rosa and Napa that are further inland, it’ll be colder.”

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California to see unseasonably warm weather for rest of week

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The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for parts of Southern California, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. (National Weather Service Los Angeles)

Winter will look a lot like summer up and down California for the rest of the week as a heat wave stoked by bursts of Santa Ana winds builds in the south and unseasonable warmth sets in elsewhere, forecasters said Wednesday.

With temperatures predicted to be far above normal in much of Southern California, the National Weather Service upgraded a heat watch to a heat advisory lasting from late Wednesday morning through Sunday.

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Overnight Rain Causes Flooded Roadways, Traffic Issues Across Bay Area

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Authorities around the Bay Area are reporting flooded roadways early Thursday morning.

In Napa County, the California Highway Patrol reports multiple vehicles stuck in flood waters east of Petaluma on Highway 12 near the intersection of Highway 121. Officials say the roadway will be closed all night from 8th Street at Highway 121 west to the interchange of highways 12 and 121.

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North Bay residents prepare for heavy rainfall, as National Weather service shifts focus to south

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The Bay Area prepares for heavy rainfall beginning Sunday and lasting through Tuesday.

“Right now the National Weather service shifted the focus of this system to our south which is a good sign. We are looking for beneficial rain which promotes regrowth especially in our burn scar areas,” said Paul Lowenthal, Asst. Fire Marshal and Public Information Officer for the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

Santa Rosa resident Rebecca Ryan looks down Tachevah Drive and remembers when her street flooded during the last heavy rainfall.

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