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Warmer daytime highs Thursday with weekend rain on the way

Posted at 4:22 AM, Jan 03, 2019

Temperatures warmed up a few degrees overnight and into Thursday morning, but much of the Central Coast is still dealing with freezing conditions.

A high-pressure ridge will boost daytime highs back near normal Thursday. Much of the area will warm up into the mid-60s. Some interior locations will stay in the upper-50s.

Offshore flow will keep skies clear and sunny but changes are on the way Friday.

An approaching low will produce gusty south winds that will help to push in cloud cover Friday afternoon and evening.

Rain should begin in northern SLO County Saturday morning and the system moves south to Santa Barbara County by the afternoon.

The storm system will run into a dry air mass and that’s causing models to back off on rain potential amounts. We’re now looking at about 0.5-1″ of rain from the system.

There is a slight chance of thunderstorms Saturday night along the coast as the storm moves through.

Early next week will be dry but another rain system is expected around Wednesday that currently looks like a stronger storm than the one this weekend.