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Wind In The Hills

Air Quality (as of 7:15PM):
Good  for all reporting stations.

Weather Story: High pressure will dominate just off the coast for most of the week. The associated dome of air along with generally offshore winds will allow for significant warming for the Monterey Bay Area early in the week. Cooler surface air masses will invade from the north starting Wednesday, but the general flow will remain offshore during the period and high temperatures will likely remain at or above normal. On the flip side, mornings will be chilly because of the dry air mass in place. The first wet system could break through around the 2nd-3rd of March.

Overnight: Clear and seasonable with coastal lows in the 40s and mainly 30s to around 40ºF inland. Gusty north winds over the hills.  

Wednesday: Sunny and a bit cooler. Offshore winds will continue and could be strong in the hills at times. Expect highs in the 60s to low 70s for most areas. Breezy conditions may occasionally mix down into the lower elevations.

**Wind Advisory**
… for the Diablo Range in Santa Clara County and the Santa Cruz Mountains from 10AM Wednesday extended until 4AM Thursday.

Strong and gusty northeast winds are expected to increase on Wednesday into Wednesday evening. Strongest gusts forecast to be at highest peaks and ridges of the North Bay Mountains and the East Bay Hills with strong wind gusts aloft extending as far south as the Santa Cruz Mountains. Winds have the potential to locally mix down to the valley surface, particularly in the West Delta and the East Bay Valleys. Winds are expected to diminish late Wednesday night, though remaining gusty at higher elevations into early Thursday morning.

- North winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph, locally up to 60 mph at highest peaks of the Diablos. Downsloping effects will produce gusty conditions on the lee side of mountains and foothills.

Strong wind gusts have the potential to knock down power lines and trees along with creating hazardous driving conditions. Be sure to plan accordingly if you travel in these areas and to secure light property outdoors including temporary outdoor structures. Have cell phones charged and flashlights handy if power outages occur.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Thursday: Chilly in the morning, then mostly sunny and mild with highs in the 60s to around 70ºF. Gusty northerly winds over the hills at times.

Extended: Expect another chilly morning on Friday with seasonable to slightly warm highs. Offshore winds will continue at times through around Saturday. The pattern will break down a bit early next week and that could allow for a wet system to arrive in our area.

This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 45ºF
HIGH: 62ºF
LOW: 40ºF
HIGH: 65ºF


-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for March 2nd – 8th calls for the likelihood of BELOW normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. 
-El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Weak La Niña
-Forecast into Summer: Neutral

-Area drought status: 
Abnormally dry for most of the viewing area, moderate drought for most of Santa Clara County outside of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the northeastern sections of San Benito County.

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Dann Cianca

Dann Cianca is the chief meteorologist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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