Windy and rainy conditions Monday

Posted at 5:12 AM, Jan 14, 2019

After a break from the rain, it’s back, and it will stick around through the end of the week.

As of 4:00 a.m. Monday, the Central Coast already received some light rain. Rainfall amounts for Monday’s storm could range anywhere from 0.25’’ up to 1.50’’ with the heaviest rainfall in Santa Barbara County, north of Point Conception and in the mountains. Peak rainfall rates will range from 0.25’’-.0.50’’ per hour.

Photo by Christine Prendez

Aside from the rain, winds will be a key factor in the forecast Monday. A wind advisory will remain in place for both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties through 3:00 p.m. During this timeframe, south to southeast winds will range from 15-30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 mph. At the coast, surf could reach up to 10 feet, which has prompted a high surf advisory for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties through Tuesday night.

More rain is in the forecast Tuesday through Wednesday. Tuesday’s storm could bring additional rainfall ranging from 1’’-1.5’’ of rain. The last storm of the week will touch down late Wednesday and carry out through much of Thursday. During that time, another 1’’-2’’ of rain is a possibility. With so much rain in the forecast in a short amount of time, flooding is a concern, particularly near recent burn scars.