Winter Storm Warning for Northern California

Welcome to another heat wave. Triple-digit temperatures on tap for Southern California for the foreseeable future. The big story from this week’s weather: The Bay Area was hit with a nor’easter early Tuesday with winds up to 90 mph. It resulted in widespread power outages, in some places for up to 24 hours.

A second storm system with heavy rain and wind also struck Northern California over the weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for parts of coastal California, including Bakersfield and San Francisco. Storms are expected to bring snow and heavy rain to the areas as powerful winds and rain whip through.

The forecast for the area calls for “significant amounts” of snow and up to 2 feet of rain in the mountains.

The National Weather Service in Fresno has issued a Winter Storm Watch for northern California. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to areas including Stockton, Modesto, Gilroy, Fresno, San Francisco and many other parts of the Sierra Nevada.

“Winter weather is coming early and it could be a long month,” according to the forecast.

The last major storm to hit the state was Hurricane Irene in August 2011. This map shows the location of the most recent storm on Aug. 28, 2011. Image from NOAA Weather

It can be pretty brutal out here. This image shows the wind and rain from the storm on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. Image from NOAA Weather

Irene was the costliest storm on record in Southern California.

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of Northern California, including several cities in the Bay Area.

“Heavy snow and strong thunderstorms will dominate overnight along the coast, causing power outages and travel troubles,” according to the forecast.

“Rain can be messy, so use extreme caution.”

In San Francisco, where many of the storms are expected to hit, a couple inches of snow fell on portions of the city Saturday morning.

“This is a unique situation where we have a high pressure area to our south that is blocking out a cold front,” said Tim Ghianni, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in San Francisco.

“So, in this case, we’re actually having some snow instead of rain.”

The San Francisco office has been expecting one to three inches of snow for the next

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