Today's weather: Wednesday, September 19

Winds are the big story today. Flights are delayed, some ferry service has been canceled and gale warnings have been issued offshore.  Other than that, National Weather Service forecasters predict partly cloudy skies with a 30 to 50 percent chance of rain both today and tomorrow.

The morning may be sunny alng the coast and in the East Bay, but skies are expected to become partly cloudy in the afternoon. with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms late in the day.

Highs are expected in in the lower 60s with west winds of 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph by midday. Gusts could be up to 45 mph

About those winds …

The high winds are affecting arrivals at San Francisco International Airport, the duty manager there said. Because of federally mandated low ceilings and a different runway configuration, arriving flights will be staggered, and will touch down anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes late. The delays are expected to last from about 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

The Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry, which runs between the San Francisco Ferry Plaza and Alameda County's Harbor Bay, canceled service for the day around 6 a.m. after officials learned of the gusty winds anticipated around the San Francisco peninsula, according to ferry spokesman Ernest Sanchez. Sanchez said the type of boat that runs from the Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry, called an Express 2, cannot operate with heavy winds. Ferry service is expected to resume Thursday.

The United States Coast Guard reports there is a small craft advisory in San Francisco and Monterey bays 20-30 miles from the coast, and gale warnings offshore.

Tonight

Expect partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. The evening's high winds are likely to diminish to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Look for low temperatures in the 50s.

Thursday

 Again, expect partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers.

For the latest traffic updates, visit www.511.org.

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