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Showers to start the weekend

Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 20:53:31-05

A low pressure system is approaching from the west and clouds have been increasing all day.

This system will move in tonight and Saturday with showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Sunday high pressure returns with offshore flow and temps quickly return to above normal to start next week.

Locally this is not a big storm, there are no related advisories. The Central Coast already has seen a few raindrops from the system and it could essentially rain any time between now and Saturday evening before the low spins too far away.

I'm expecting activity to be widely scattered with most rainfall totals under .10", there is a chance of Southcoast rain getting close to .25", and perhaps higher at higher elevations but under .50". Snow levels look to be around 7000ft now and only lower to 5000 so local snow is not an issue.

The minor chance of thunderstorms does exist but I think the local threat is very low, better chance over the ocean and in LA county.

Temps take a step back into the lower 60s Saturday and start turning the corning into the middle 60s Sunday.

High pressure returns for the balance of next week. Some higher winds are possible next week near advisory levels in the mountains. Offshore flow means max temps will end up 5 to 10 degrees above normal with some temps in the upper 70s and 80 degree potential is there.