High Wind Advisory in effect for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Counties

Posted at 5:27 AM, Apr 12, 2018

Thursday will be a windy day on the Central Coast. A high wind advisory has been issued for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and will remain in effect until 10:00 p.m. Thursday.

The following areas will be impacted: Santa Ynez Valley.  San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Cambria, San Simeon, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Vandenberg, Solvang, and Santa Ynez.

This means north to northwest winds will range from 20-30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 mph Thursday night. Expect winds to increase throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Impacts from the winds could mean damage to property, down trees and power lines, and difficulty driving.

A high wind warning will go into effect from 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 1:00 a.m. Friday for parts of Santa Barbara County. This means winds could be above 58 mph and poses the same dangers as the wind advisory. Areas that could be impacted include Santa Barbara County South Coast-Santa Barbara County Mountains,  Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, San Marcos Pass, San Rafael Wilderness Area, and Dick Smith Wilderness Area. Throughout the afternoon, northwest winds will be in the 25-40 mph range with potential for gusts to increase from 50-60 mph.

A high surf advisory is also in effect for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County beaches until Friday morning. Surf could build six to 12 feet throughout the time of the advisory.

Daytime highs will be near seasonal averages on the Central Coast Thursday. San Luis Obispo County will see highs in the low to mid-60s throughout most of the area. Temperatures in Santa Barbara County will be similar, but there could be areas that break 70 degrees, like Santa Barbara and Goleta.