Despite Red Flag Warnings and continued extreme fire danger around the North and East Bay hills, early morning temperatures in inland valleys of the Bay Area hit 32 and 33 degrees in some places, with the wintery chill continuing into Wednesday.
The reason for the extra-chilly morning is a cold front that's moved into the area, as KRON 4 reports via the National Weather Service. And Wednesday is expected to bring the coldest morning of the week — just as the dry Diablo winds are slowing down. Unfortunately the cold front isn't coming with any precipitation, and the NWS says October will be finishing out with below-average rainfall for the entire NorCal region.
North Bay map of temperatures 39F or less pic.twitter.com/ohfvjwRujj— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 29, 2019
With no precipitation relief in sight, October 2019 is going to end up below average for the entire area. Here's a look at what has fallen and what should have fallen in October in terms of precipitation. #CAwx #NVwx pic.twitter.com/phhO0JwgBW— NWS California-Nevada RFC (@NWSCNRFC) October 29, 2019
Just a week after the region saw a heatwave that required cooling centers and free public pool access, San Jose is opening warming centers and expanding shelter services today to protect residents and the homeless against near-freezing temperatures, per the Mercury News.
And as the Chronicle notes, a highly contradictory "code blue" freeze warning has been issued in Sonoma County, and "evacuees sleeping in cars and RVs should be aware of the cold weather as well as [should] those in homes without heat or power."
Wind-wise, the mid-day wind gusts have already begun around the North Bay in the range of 50 miles per hour, and the winds are expected to peak Tuesday night between sundown and midnight.
Loop shows modeled wind gusts across the North Bay through midday tomorrow from our 1km fire wrf. Red dots are recent #KincadeFire hotspots.— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 29, 2019
Winds pick up this afternoon and peak after sundown through midnight. Winds drop off thru Wednesday morning. #cawx #cafire pic.twitter.com/0JlXvr0oMD
Midday peak winds nearing 50 mph. Winds will continue to increase and peak between 8pm Tue and 2 am Wed with wind gusts near 70 mph over the highest peaks of the north bay. #cawx #cafire pic.twitter.com/MiykYAGlr5— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 29, 2019
As a result of the winds and the related fire danger, PG&E has cut or will be cutting the power Tuesday into Wednesday for as many as 265,000 customers in the region, with parts of Sonoma County already having lost power today at 7 a.m.