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Cloudy morning, rain chances increase Friday afternoon

Posted at 5:43 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 08:43:47-04

There will be increasing cloud coverage throughout the area on Friday ahead of a cold front that will be moving to the Central Coast.

Right now, there’s about a 30-40% chance that rain will touch down in northern San Luis Obispo County around noon Friday. Those chances will increase Friday night throughout most of the county. By early Saturday morning, rainfall will increase but it’s important to note that recent burn areas will not be a threat, that includes the burn scars from the Thomas Fire.

The system will leave the area Saturday afternoon so mostly clear skies are in the forecast for the beaches and coastal and inland valleys. There still might be lingering showers and mountain clouds into the afternoon, but for the most part, it will be mostly clear skies by Saturday night.

Rainfall amounts have backed off quite a bit within the last few days. Models currently indicate that areas along the north coast could see close to .50’’ but that number weakens to about .25’’ continuing into Santa Barbara County. Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara will likely see less than .25’’ with this system.

Friday’s daytime highs will be a little bit cooler with temperatures ranging from the high 50s to low 60s at the beaches and mid to upper 60s for the coastal and inland valleys.