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Rain not likely again until later next week

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jan 09, 2020

A weak cold front passed through the Central Coast this morning and produced light rains as expected.

The system is moving out of the area and winds have picked up. Some of those winds will diminish tonight for the Central Coast but remain locally strong into the early overnight in parts of Santa Barbara county where wind advisories are posted. There is also a high surf advisory as the winds have produced some 8-10 foot breaking waves.

A dry cold-front will move through the Central Coast on Saturday and crank northwesterly winds again at 15-25mph with partly cloudy skies. This feature will also keep temperatures on the cool this weekend (near average actually in the lower 60s near the coast and mid to upper 50s in the interior valleys).

Sunday into early next week we will see the return of the offshore night and morning winds with an afternoon return flow out of the NW. Partly cloudy skies and near average temperatures are expected.

A stronger low-pressure system is forecast to produce strong south winds and moderate to heavy rain next Thursday. Snow levels could lower to 2,500.

Another system could arrive as early as next Sunday evening or night. After that models diverage as to how active the second half of the month could be, some long range forecasts are hinting at the pattern getting quiet again. Stay tuned.