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Quiet and cool weather precedes a storm Thursday

Posted: 4:58 PM, Jan 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-13 20:42:29-05

Offshore night and morning winds are keeping the skies generally clear and the air dry enough for cold overnight lows (freezing inland and in the 30s and lower 40s near the coast). Daytime highs Tuesday, like today, will be perhaps a few degrees below average in the lower 60s at the coast and upper 50s inland.

The first signs of change will take place Wednesday when winds pick up to 15-20mph morning offshore winds but this will be followed by winds picking up from the south and some additional cloud cover moves in.

A strong storm drops into the Pac NW on Wednesday and works down the coastline on Thursday. South winds Thursday look to be 20-40mph with some higher gusts and a period of heavy rain. For the Central Coast it looks like .25-1" of rain with locally more in the hills.

Snow levels could lower to 3,500 feet with heavy mountain snow that could impact travel.

High pressure returns Friday and will hang around next week, meaning it'll be dry.

Here is a look at the high surf advisory in place into Tuesday: