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Storm system Thursday looks wet and windy

Posted: 5:54 PM, Jan 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-14 20:54:54-05

Offshore night and morning winds are keeping the skies generally clear again tonight and the air dry enough for another night of cold overnight lows in the interior valleys. Daytime highs Wednesday, like today, will be near average in the lower 60s at the coast and upper 50s inland.

The first signs of change will take place later 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.

The storm could be a bomb cyclone where the parent low deepens 24 millibars in 24 hours. These deep lows crank up winds and storm dynamics.

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 .25-1.25" of rain with locally more in the hills.
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 .25-1.25" of rain with locally more in the hills.

Snow levels could lower to 4000 or 3,500 feet with heavy mountain snow that could impact travel at higher elevations around California (less of a local concern).

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