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Winter weather develops for the Central Coast

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The month of February is about to see a major change for the Central Coast.  Prior to today, temperatures were running in the 70s as average highs but much colder conditions can be expected all of the upcoming week.

A large upper air trough has dug into The West and not only is cold air moving in but also strong winds.  There are a number of advisories ranging from high surf at the coastline to wind advisories in the Santa Barbara county mountains.  Additionally, there are also advisories for winter weather at upper elevations since the snow level will drop tonight to as low as 1500-2000 ft.  Not much snow is expected but it isn’t often we ever even talk about snow in the local area.

The thing most will notice will be the dramatic drop in high temps into the 50s Monday.  Later Monday PM winds (which will be strong into the evening) will become light later Monday night and produce some very cold temps for lows Monday night into Tuesday morning.  Teens inland for lows with even coastal valley into the 20s.  More advisories are in place for that.  Due to the number of advisories, I highly suggest using our KSBY weather app to see which advisories are in place for your area and when they go into effect and expire.

On top of all of that, some widely scattered showers are possible thru Monday and again Thursday and Friday.  I don’t expect much from the showers (except mountain snow) and coastal totals less than .10” (most with none or only a few hundredths).

The pattern looks cool all week.  Early next week models are suggesting a wetter system could come in with up to 1” rain potential.

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