Showers depart and we get a few quiet days before rain resumes

Posted at 4:08 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 22:17:40-05

Skies will start to clear out tonight. It will stay dry the rest of the week, with breezy offshore winds returning Thursday and Friday. A trough of low pressure will bring a chance of rain and mountain snow to the region Saturday night through Monday.

Quiet weather next couple days, into much of Saturday in face. Skies clear out and we should warm a little bit over the next couple days. Some locally windy conditions are possible in parts of Santa Barbara county but other than that not much to be concerned about.

There is another storm system coming later Saturday or into Sunday (there are some model differences in arrival times). This system should deliver around a half inch most coast/valleys and up to an inch for the mountains and northwest SLO County.

The system will make Sunday a wet day but should clear out Monday. The extended forecast is a challenge, Monday and Tuesday could be dry but a storm system could deliver some decent rain Wednesday and Thursday. The key to the system is trajectory. The EURO model has it delivering rain to the coast but at times the American model has it digging too far west and south where it could be a miss. What is interesting is the potential low snow levels since cold air looks to arrive with that system. A white Christmas on the I-5 Grapevine could hamper travel. Again quite a bit of uncertainty in the extended at this point. Stay tuned.