One of the strongest weather systems this winter is coming to the Bay Area starting today (Feb. 28), according to the National Weather Service. Winds could reach up to 40 mph, toppling trees and power lines.
The North Bay and San Francisco will see rain this afternoon and tonight, and the Peninsula is expected to see rain tonight or Thursday morning, according to the weather service.
Rain in urban areas will fall between 0.5 inches and 1.5 inches, while coastal areas could receive up to 2 inches of rain.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Thursday, in effect from 2 a.m to noon for the entire region.
The advisory means that winds over 35 mph are expected. Winds that strong can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, weather service officials said.
On Thursday, winds from the south will be between 15 and 30 mph with local gusts of more than 45 mph. The highest winds will be at higher elevations, especially ridge tops, weather service officials said.