Showers, Cold to Plague Holiday Week

The weather is expected to be "typically unsettled" through Christmas, meteorologists said. Temperatures in the Bay Area are expected to range from the mid-40s to the mid-50s this week.

Another round of showers and colder weather is set to strike the Bay Area in the coming days.

"We're expecting a short break Tuesday as the wind and the rain pick up Tuesday evening through Wednesday," said NBC Bay Area meteorologist Craig Herrera.

"Wednesday the heaviest rain is going to be through the North Bay especially in the hills and the Santa Cruz Mountains."

Herrera said it might be possible that three inches of rain could fall in the Bay Area hills.

"We're going to see a lot of rain by Wednesday afternoon in the Alexander Valley and Napa Valley," Herrera said. "The forecast shows that the storm will not stall and will move out by Wednesday evening."

Herrera said there would be more rain, which could become showers, on Christmas.

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40s, 50s Expected for Much of Week

High temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s and west winds of 10  to 20 mph were anticipated.

Monday night the Bay Area was expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance  of showers.

Low temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s and northwest  winds of 10 to 20 mph were anticipated.

Tuesday the Bay Area is expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance  of showers.

High temperatures in the mid 40s to lower 50s and northwest winds  of 5 to 10 mph are anticipated.

Rainy weather marked the first day of winter Sunday, with showers expected to increase throughout the holiday week, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday's winter solstice marked the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It also marked the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

The Bay Area is not likely to receive snow on Christmas, however it is expected on some of the highest peaks, such as Mount Hamilton in the South Bay and Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.

Weather was expected to be cool, but not as cold as last week.

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