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Umbrellas out in full force as storm arrives on Central Coast

Posted at 8:45 AM, Feb 13, 2019

Another winter storm arrived on the Central Coast making for a cold, soggy commute on Wednesday.

Lots of umbrellas in use in the morning but as the winds are expected to increase, holding onto them will become more difficult.

Students arrive in the rain at Laguna middle school in San Luis Obispo

KSBY’s Brooke Martell says the heaviest rainfall Wednesday will come in the morning up until 10 a.m. Throughout the afternoon, rainfall looks to be lighter but this is all before it picks up again Thursday.

The beaches and coastal valleys of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties are under a wind advisory through Thursday afternoon as winds will range between 25-35 miles per hour with the potential for gusts to reach 40 mph. The canyons and mountains are under a high wind warning with potential for winds gusts to reach 60 mph.

Heavier rainfall is in the forecast for most of Thursday morning, along with the potential of thunderstorms. Thursday’s storm could actually bring heavier rainfall rates compared to Wednesday.

At this point, the Office of Emergency Management in SLO and Santa Barbara counties says rates per hour do not appear to be a concern for flooding issues at this time. KSBY will continue to monitor the situation and bring you the latest as it happens.

The KSBY weather radar at 8:25 a.m. from the KSBY News App

Rainfall totals from this system for the coastal valleys and beaches will be from .75’’-2’’, while in the mountains and foothills there could be 2’’-4’’ of rain.

Highway 1 remains closed at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide as that is a slide-prone area on the Central Coast. Caltrans says it expects to reopen the highway to through traffic on Friday, Feb. 15.

A Sig Alert was issued for the northbound lanes of Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo Wednesday morning due to several crashes slowing traffic.