Dense fog and high surf advisories in place for the Central Coast

Posted at 5:23 AM, Jan 10, 2019

Dense fog continues to blanket much of the Central Coast Thursday morning, which has prompted a dense fog advisory. The advisory stretches over San Luis Obispo County down to the northern portion of Santa Barbara County, including the interior valleys and mountains. During the morning commute, visibility could still be ¼ of a mile or less.

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At the coast, high surf advisories will continue through 9:00 p.m. San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County beaches could see surf up to 15 feet with local sets reaching 17 ft. Along the Santa Barbara County south coast, the surf could reach 10 ft. with local sets up to 12 ft. As a result of these conditions, coastal flooding is possible.

Daytime highs for the coastal valleys and beaches will continue to be right around the low to mid-60s, while temperatures for the interior valleys will range from the mid-50s to low 60s. Thursday will be a dry day with mild winds, but weather conditions will start to shift later in the evening as winds start to increase. By Friday, expect gusty conditions and the opportunity for more rain by the late afternoon hours. Friday will be another kick-off for a series of storms that will impact the Central Coast at least through the middle of next week. Weather models are agreeing that next week’s rain systems could bring up to 5” of rain.