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A major change in the weather pattern is expected to take place in the eastern Pacific starting Thursday, January 3, 2008. 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 Thursday afternoon into evening. A second and very powerful storm system is forecasted to arrive Friday night. Damaging winds, gusting to as high as 60 miles per hour, are also predicted. These strong storms are also expected to bring a large westerly swell into the costal waters Friday through Sunday.
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 website at www.nps.gov/pore for updated trail conditions as they change.