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Clouds roll in and winds pick up ahead of weekend rain

Posted at 4:25 AM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 07:25:43-05

Friday will be a transition day weather-wise, as a high-pressure ridge breaks down and a low-pressure system approaches California.

Daytime highs across the Central Coast will be range from high-50s to mid-60s with mostly sunny skies.

Cloud cover will begin to increase during the afternoon and evening hours and winds will begin to strength as the system gets nearer.

Overnight into Saturday morning, south winds will pick up 15-30 mph with gusts 35-50 mph.

The strong winds will cause huge swells at our beaches. The weather service has only issued a Beach Hazards Statement so far, but anticipates the need to issue a High Surf Advisory Saturday through Monday. Surf is forecast to be 20-24 ft. with dangerous rip.

Expect rain throughout much of the day Saturday. Northern SLO County will see the first raindrops. The storm will move south into Santa Barbara County by midday.

A few showers may linger into Sunday. There’s another weak low that could produce more showers early Monday, but nothing major.

The weekend system looks to produce 0.25-1″ of rain.

Another, stronger system is set to arrive late Tuesday into Wednesday and add another 1-2″ to the buckets.

We’re moving into a very active pattern with another rain storm expected to arrive the following weekend.