Major Winter Storm Advisory for the Weekend of December 17, 2010
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
A major weather pattern is expected to take place in the eastern Pacific starting this week. A series of Pacific storms are expected to come into the region with the potential for an extended period of significant rainfall and strong winds. Park visitors should be advised that the combination of heavy rainfall and strong winds may cause falling of trees along roads and trails within the Point Reyes National Seashore which could lead to temporary closures.
The first in a series of weather systems will bring locally heavy rainfall amounts to the area Friday afternoon into evening. A second and very powerful storm system is forecasted to arrive Saturday into Sunday. Damaging winds, gusting to as high as 60 miles per hour, are also predicted.
National Park Service staff are checking all culverts before the storms arrive to make sure they are free of any debris so water can flow through more easily. Staff is also placing gas-powered generators near wells and buildings to allow operations to continue in the event of power outages.
Please visit our Closures page for updated trail conditions as they change.
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