Thunderstorms in the Overnight Forecast

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Here comes the rain everybody.

    Last night's downpour was just a taste of things to come.   Folks in the weather department like to say "the storm door is open" and it is.

    There is more rain in the forecast for tonight, and the coming system comes with powerful winds and the probability of thunderstorms.

    The rain will begin in the north and will hit the entire Bay Area, according to NBC Bay Area's Craig Herrera.

    And for skiers, yes this does mean more snow for the Sierra.  Slopes should be measure the new snow by the feet by the end of the week.

    One more thing: Waves along the coast are supposed to be huge. 

    The National Weather Service says waves up to 20 feet could hit the coast starting tonight.   A high surf advisory was upgraded to a high surf warning starting at 10 p.m.   High tide hits the coast just before 11 p.m.

    The waves will be big enough for the Mavericks surf contest, but riders opted to wait out for better weather conditions.  The contest window extends through the end of March, but wind conditions tend to become less favorable as we get closer to spring.

    While the waves are good for surfers, they are potentially dangerous for those who like to watch them, because along with the powerful waves comes a strong rip current in the surf zone.

    Beach goers are advised to use caution and watch out for sneaker waves in addition to strong currents and localized beach erosion.
        
    All coastal counties in the Bay Area are under the warning.

    The winter weather system is also expected to bring rain and gusty winds  to the Bay Area beginning after midnight Monday, National Weather Service  forecaster Diana Henderson said.
        
    The system is expected to bring about one-half to three quarters  of an inch of rain to the region, along with wind gusts of about 20 to 25  mph.
        
    More showers are expected Thursday as part of the same system,  followed dry weather at the end of the week.

    More rain is forecast for the weekend and a larger weather system  is expected to hit the Bay Area next week.

    Tuesday's weather is expected to cause delays at  San Francisco International Airport.    

    After 9 a.m., arriving flights will be delayed between 30 and 45  minutes, according to airport spokesman Michael McCarron.     

    Eventually these delays will expand to departing flights as well,  he said

    Lori Preuitt loves thunderstorms.