Flash flood warning issued for SLO, 5 Cities and Santa Maria

Posted at 1:56 AM, Jan 17, 2019

Rain and thunderstorms moving thru the Central Coast are producing rain rates up to 1″/hr or possibly more at times in south SLO county and northern Santa Barbara County.

A flash flood warning has been issued until 3:45 a.m. and a flood advisory for Santa Barbara County has been upgraded to a Flash Flood Watch for recent burn scars as the storm is moving to the south.  A flood warning means urban flooding is likely.

Thunder and lightning have been reported by KSBY viewers and rain across northern SLO County have reported 1-3″ of rain.

Isolated thunderstorms are also happening.  This means there will be areas where flooding is possible as a cold front moves across the area into the morning.

Lightning and thunder have been reported by viewers in the north coast of SLO county and north county.

Total rainfall will also vary widely with some places under 1″ while S-SW facing slopes could see 2-4″

Here is a look at the NWS forecast for the event from earlier and some of the key things to keep in mind:

More rain is expected across the area this evening through tomorrow as another storm system approaches. The coast and…

Posted by US National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SE winds shift SW and have hammered the Central Coast with gusts up to 50mph reported.  Winds stay up into Thursday morning.  A wind advisory is in place.

Huge surf builds later Thursday into Friday and some huge tides developing (king tides are next week so the moon is tugging hard at the ocean).

Central Coast surf looks to build to 20-25ft later Thursday into Friday.

Southcoast surf 7-12ft. High surf warning for the Central Coast and a surf advisory for the Southcoast.

A coastal flood advisory has also been issued for the combination of swell and tides which can cause coastal flooding, rip and erosion.

Other advisories could be issued for the rain and wind during the event. Please follow Dave Hovde’s social media, the KSBY weather app and for all the latest watches, warnings, advisories and any related community announcements.

Thursday pm thru next week looks dry.