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Cool daytime highs continue with an opportunity for rain starting Wednesday afternoon

Posted at 5:15 AM, Feb 20, 2019

The Central Coast has been cold and it will continue to be, but now light rain is being thrown into the mix. An upper-level trough digging into California is producing rainfall but the system will be light. The coastal valleys and beaches will likely only get around .25’’ of rain and the interior valleys could get between .25’’ and .50’’. Locals can expect the rain around noon in northern San Luis Obispo County before it becomes more widespread throughout the rest of the day.

Breezy conditions will continue Wednesday with northwesterly winds ranging from 15-30 mph with wind gusts up to 40 mph Wednesday night. Daytime highs for the area aren’t fluctuating much either. Temperatures will continue to range from the low 50s to the upper 60s with the exception of some of our interior valleys, mountains, and foothills where daytime highs will stay close to the upper 40s.

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Snow is also in the forecast and has prompted a winter weather advisory. The mountains and foothills in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties could receive some light snowfall over the course of the next two days and areas above 2,500 feet could receive 1’’-3’’. Locally, California Valley and Cuyama will likely get light snowfall less than .50’’.

A frost advisory for the area will expire at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday as overnight lows reached near-freezing temperatures. The next two days will be cold and wet but the weekend looks to be dry and sunny.