SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A storm system combined with wind gusts up to 55 mph and temperatures in the mid-20s will create uncomfortably frigid conditions across the San Francisco Bay Area for New Year’s Eve.

According to the National Weather Service, the system developing in British Columbia is forecast to plunge into the Northern California on Monday, sweeping a cold air mass by Monday evening.

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Northerly winds will begin to increase Monday night, ramping up on Tuesday evening with wind gusts as high as 45 mph at lower elevations and up to 55 mph in the hills.  This system is similar to one that produced strong and damaging winds across portions of the North and East Bay on November 21 and 22 of 2013, according to the National Weather Service.

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A wind advisory will be in effect for the entire Bay Area from midday Wednesday through midday Thursday. Winds will taper off gradually Wednesday as the low pressure system pushes east.

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The National Weather Service says the air mass with this system will likely be the coldest the Bay Area has seen this year. Temperatures could fall to the 20s by Tuesday night with Wednesday night, New Year’s Eve, expected to see temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Freeze warnings may be needed for inland areas late Wednesday night with possible frost advisories around the Bay Area.


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