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Dry, cloudy day before rain arrives overnight

Posted at 6:35 AM, Feb 01, 2019

Friday will be cloudy and dry before rainy conditions arrive late in the evening.

Daytime highs across the area will be in the upper 50s and low-mid 60s.

Winds will increase Friday evening as the storm makes it way to the Central Coast. The system is lining up well with an atmospheric river, supplying the storm with significant moisture and strong winds.

A high wind warning has been issued for the South Coast where winds will be 40-50 mph with gust possible up to 75 mph. The Central Coast and interior valleys are also under a high wind warning for winds 35-50 mph with gusts up to 65 mph possible.

High surf is also a concern with the storm. Surf is expected 8-12 ft Friday night into Saturday. Waves will build to 16 ft with local sets to 20 ft Saturday night. There is also a risk of coastal flooding.

A flash flood watch has been issued for the Thomas, Whittier and Sherpa burn areas due to rainfall rates that could cause debris flows.

The South Coast is forecast to receive 2-4″ of rain from Saturday’s storm. Meanwhile, the Central Coast will see 1-3″ of rain.

The brunt of the system moves through Saturday morning. However, the system refires Saturday night with a fast but heavy rain cell.

Scattered showers will linger into Sunday and Monday, bringing an additional 0.5-1″ of rain across the area.

Dry conditions return by Tuesday.