wave.jpgA storm system is bringing rain, hail and high surf to the Bay Area today, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

Although rainfall across the region is not expected to measure more than a quarter of an inch, the storm system will likely bring isolated heavy showers and some small hail, forecaster Steve Anderson said.

Scattered showers are expected to continue through this afternoon, Anderson said.

Following the storm front is a series of ocean swells that has prompted the weather service to issue a high-surf advisory for the Bay Area coastline, Anderson said.

“The swells are coming in a little bit behind the storm today,” he said.

The advisory will go into effect at 3 p.m. and expire at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Swells of between 12 and 14 feet are expected, with some possibly cresting at 17 feet, Anderson said.

The high surf will create dangerous conditions at local beaches today, including strong rip currents and sneaker waves.

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