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Continued scattered rain activity expected through the morning commute

Posted at 4:05 AM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 09:40:05-04

The overnight hours brought some significant rainfall to the Central Coast and South Coast.

National Weather Service issued a flood (aereal) advisory for Santa Barbara County’s south coast through 5:15 Thursday morning. There have been reports of heavy rainfall from 0.20’’-0.35’’ per hour which could result in ponding of water on area roadways and minor shallow mud and debris flow.

Daytime highs will continue to be on the cooler side Thursday, ranging from the low to mid-60s for most of the area. Winds continue to be a factor in the upper low system. Just before 4:00 a.m. reported wind gusts were as low as 9 miles per hours and as high as 35 miles per hour for the Gaviota coast. The afternoon wind gusts don’t look like they will taper off much, either. Northwesterly winds will still have the potential to reach 35 mph through Thursday night.

When will the rain really taper off? According to weather models, the Central Coast could still experience scattered shower activity well into Thursday night, but the rain will be light. After that, Friday looks to be dry but rain is expected Saturday night through Sunday morning.

24-hour rainfall totals
San Simeon: 0.47”
Rocky Butte: 1.65”
Cambria: 0.65”
Paso Robles: 0.20”
Templeton: 0.24”
Morro Bay: 0.44”
Baywood: 0.51”
Santa Margarita: 0.32”
Camp SLO: 0.67”
SLO Reservoir: 0.78”
San Luis Obispo: 0.55”
Pismo Beach: 0.36”
Arroyo Grande: 0.35”
Los Berros: 0.51”
Nipomo: 0.55”
Guadalupe: 0.28”
Santa Maria: 0.25”
Orcutt: 0.27”
Sisquoc: 0.14”
Casmalia: 0.31”
Vandenberg AFB: 0.38”
Vandnberg Village: 0.38”
Harris Grade: 0.25”
Lompoc: 0.53”
Point Conception: 0.83”
Los Olivos: 0.27”
Buellton: 0.31”
Solvang: 0.27”
Santa Ynez: 0.29”
Cachuma Lake: 0.38”
Gaviota Coast: 1.06”
El Capitan: 0.53”
Isla Vista: 0.72”
Goleta: 0.74”
Santa Barbara County Flood Control Office: 0.84”
Montecito: 0.80”
Summerland: 0.73”
Cold Springs: 0.80”
San Marcos Pass: 1.33”
Upper Romero: 0.98”
Carpinteria: 0.55”