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Feb 27, 2014 8:53 PM by Dave Hovde

Strong storm draws near, what to expect

The next storm will move into the region tonight and continue through late Saturday with heavy rains and a chance of thunderstorms and waterspouts. Clearing skies on Sunday will lead to warmer afternoon temperatures for the beginning of the workweek.

Rainfall from Friday and Saturday this storm will generate 1-3 inch totals for most coast and valley locations with heaviest amounts near the foothills. Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches are possible in the foothills and coastal mountain slopes with local 8 inch totals possible in the wettest locations.

Rainfall intensities during the peak of this storm Friday morning into early Friday afternoon this storm will be capable of producing bursts of rainfall rate intensities between 1 to 2 inches per hour. A slight saving grace is that the storms will be very fast moving. Rainfall intensities will fall off during the afternoon Friday and will remain at the lower levels through Saturday but any thunderstorm that develops will be capable of 1 inch per hour rates.

The combination of the very strong jet and the strong surface low to the west of the central coast will produce very strong winds. The mtns of SLO and Santa Barbara counties will all see gust from 60 to 70 mph Friday morning. The remainder of SLO and Santa Barbara county will see some gusts in the 30 to 40 mph range. Strong southerly wind gusts to 45 mph.

There are numerous advisories in place. Please watch KSBY for the latest forecast and download the Trueview 6 app for radar and ongoing watches and warnings. More coverage on KSBY.com and on @ksby and @tvdave on twitter.

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