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Cold Weather on the Way for Weekend

Forecasters project cold snap could start tonight or early tomorrow with temperatures around the freezing point.

By Bay City News Service Bay

Area residents may want to bundle up this weekend, as a cold-weather system is headed this way and will linger for several days, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

"Temperatures will start dropping tomorrow," forecaster Steve Anderson said this morning.

Daytime highs in the greater Bay Area are expected to be in the low 50s, and overnight temperatures will dip to about 35-40 degrees, he said.

"The overnight lows are not too crazy cold until you get out into the East Bay and North Bay valleys, where temperatures will be slightly below freezing," he said.

Anderson said a storm system is coming down from the Gulf of Alaska, and could bring rain to the Bay Area tonight and Thursday morning. "Behind it, it's dragging cold air down from Canada," he said of the system.

The skies will clear after Thursday, but the cold weather is expected to linger through the weekend.

Early Friday morning, between about 2 a.m. and 8 a.m., a freeze warning will be in effect for North Bay valleys. Residents are advised to make sure small outdoor pets have warm shelter, and to take precautions with plants that are sensitive to the cold.

"If they're potted plants, bring them inside if they're small enough, or throw a cover over them to keep the frost off if needed," said Anderson.

Temperatures should begin to warm up by Monday, he said.

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