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Rain arrives early Wednesday, then scattered showers throughout the afternoon and evening

Posted at 4:19 AM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 10:07:46-05

It will be a rainy morning commute for Central Coast drivers Wednesday. While most of the rain activity will be off the coast, a heavier band of rain will sweep over San Luis Obispo County through the 10 o’clock hour, also making its way over the south coast in Santa Barbara County.

The rain will start to break up just before noon before strengthening again and bringing fairly consistent rainfall through early Thursday morning. This system is projected to produce 0.2’’-1.5’’ of rain for the beaches and coastal valleys and close to 2’’ for the foothills in the northwestern portion of San Luis Obispo County. Rainfall amounts for the south coast are still looking to be on the lighter side and will, at most, get 0.5’’.

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A wind advisory will expire at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, but before that, the area can expect winds to range from 25-35 miles per hour. Daytime highs will still range from the upper 50s to the mid-60s with the cooler temperatures in the interior valleys.

More rain is in the forecast for Saturday, and weather outlooks are not totally in line. On the lower end of rainfall potential, the area could get .33’’-.5’’ of rain, however, if this atmospheric river (AR) system picks up, it could produce close to 1.5’’ of rain with continued shower activity through Sunday. The AR has already produced significant rain in Northern California and more rain is expected through Wednesday.

Next week, another opportunity for rain falls on Tuesday-Wednesday. More details to follow as we get closer to that storm.