Nov 27, 2012 3:12 PM by Dave Hovde

Strong storm on Wednesday will deliver wind and rain

South to southeast winds are forecast to increase over San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties tonight. Winds will then peak on wednesday with gusts up to 35 mph for the coast and valleys and up to 45 mph in the mountains although isolated gusts to 50 mph cannot be ruled out especially Wednesday morning.

The storm front will move into San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Wednesday morning with rain and gusty south to southeast winds. Heavy rain at times will happen especially on south facing slopes over San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The rain is expected to taper off to scattered showers late Wednesday
night and Thursday.

Snow levels during the period will remain very high generally above 7500 feet, so that will not be a local concern.

0.75 to 1.25 inches of rain is possible over San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties with locally higher amounts up to 2.00 inches not out of the question on south facing slopes and in extreme northwestern San Luis Obispo county.

The rainfall at mid-week may produce ponding of water in low-lying and poorly drained areas. Motorists should be alert for slick roadways due to the combination of oil and rainfall. The gusty winds will compound travel problems especially for high profile vehicles.



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