High pressure will continue to dominate this weekend

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 20:56:06-05

High clouds will continue over the area tonight, sure to make a nice sunset and sunrise on Saturday. The offshore winds that drove temps into the lower 70s for some today weaken Saturday but still plenty of low to mid 60s for highs. Dense fog is possible in some of the wind sheltered valleys tonight.

Any low clouds that form in the morning should burn off by afternoon.

A trough passes us to the north Sunday morning, in fact a few showers could dot the SLO mountains but the general shower threat is low. The larger impact will be a strong north-northeast wind behind the trough passage. In Santa Barbara county there is already a high wind watch for Sunday into Monday for winds that could gust past 50mph with sustained winds 30-40mph.

Winds will decrease Tuesday but more wind is likely late in the week with transitory lobes of low and high pressure. Temps back off into the lower 60s near the coast for the second half of next week, a little below average. Sometime around the 11th-13th the American GFS model likes an active trough pattern into California, if this materializes it could deliver ample rain for the second half of the month. Something to keep an eye on.