After Tuesday was marked by high-intensity winds that left thousands of Bay Area residents without power, the forecast was for calmer winds accompanied by scattered showers of rain and perhaps some snow at high altitudes, according to the National Weather Service.
More than 150,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers were without power as of 10 pm Tuesday, the company said in a blog post. Far fewer outages appear to have been reported on the company’s outage map on Wednesday morning. However, large clusters in the Peninsula and Serra de Santa Cruz remained without power since 6:30 am on Wednesday.
As wind gusts approached 80 kilometers per hour in parts of the Bay Area on Tuesday afternoon and evening, trees fell across the region, blocking roads and downing power lines. One such incident occurred on the western stretch of the Bay Bridge near the Yerba Buena Island Tunnel, blocking multiple lanes and congesting traffic, according to the California Highway Patrol. As of 5 pm, four of the five tracks were released again. The CHP estimated that the fifth lane would remain closed until about 7 pm on Tuesday.
Downed tree on Bay Bridge blocking Yerba Buena Tunnel – expect delays if trying to enter San Francisco.
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Winds are expected to calm down relatively Wednesday. Wind gusts of over 45 km/h were expected in the morning, but NWS projections showed decreasing speeds in the afternoon, with scattered showers forecast for much of the region, but no more than a tenth of an inch of rain was expected for most urban areas. centers.
More precipitation was expected Wednesday in higher elevation areas like Mount Diablo and the Santa Cruz Mountains, with even a chance of light snow in areas above 1,500 feet.
Lots going on today with gusty winds, scattered rain showers, snow in the higher elevations and even a thunderstorm or two. The heaviest snow hits the mountains Thursday through Friday. Track forecast changes and travel safely! #cawx pic.twitter.com/ydwZCbgx0g
— NWS Bay Area 🌉 (@NWSBayArea) February 22, 2023
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