Cooler, Wet Weather Arrives Across the Bay Area

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Last week was shorts weather in the Bay Area. This week, chilly temperatures, high winds and even rain made their way across the region.

Normally outdoor seats at one Los Gatos restaurant would be filled, but the chilly temperatures drove people inside. The change in weather is also speeding up efforts to prevent flooding in burn zones.

Even outdoor heaters weren’t enough to get diners to eat outside, but many people welcomed the change.

“It’s chilly, it’s crisp, it wakes me up,” said Linda Cox of San Jose.

A brief hailstorm in Milpitas also woke people up, with high winds that whipped flags and turned up umbrellas.

“It feels all of a sudden like it’s winter, it even rained a bit,” said Lauren Burton of Palo Alto.

For many, the weather shift meant simply reaching for warmer coats. But firefighters are trying to get a big job done before heavier rain hits.

Cal Fire crews are focusing their attention on thousands of acres burned by the CZU Complex Fire in Santa Cruz County and the SCU Complex Fire in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties.

They’re doing what’s called fire suppression repair to try to prevent erosion.

“Moving logs or trees on the roadway and clearing drainages so when the really heavy rains hit the waterways will not back up,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Russell West.

They’ve brought in dozers and hand crews to quickly complete the job.

In Los Gatos the weather is not just impacting restaurants, but outdoor barber shops and retail stores too. Some people are just staying home because it’s so cold.

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