Moderate overnight rainfall ahead of afternoon clearing

Posted at 7:43 AM, Apr 19, 2018

Morning showers will continue for the Central Coast through Thursday morning but chances will decrease ahead of 11:00 a.m.

This system brought moderate and at times heavy rainfall early Thursday around 2:00 a.m. and then leveled off in areas in San Luis Obispo County around 5:30 a.m. and was primarily over areas in Santa Barbara County. After the storm exits the area later Thursday morning expect patchy fog and mid to high-level clouds before clearing later in the afternoon.

Here are the rain totals as of 7:30 a.m.:

Rocky Butte: 0.08’’

San Simeon: 0.08’’

Atascadero: 0.04’’

Los Osos: 0.12

San Luis Obispo Reservoir: 0.08’’

Arroyo Grande: 0.11’’

Nipomo: 0.20’’

Santa Maria: 0.18’’

Casmalia: 0.28’’

Harris Grade: 0.21’’

El Capitan: 0.06’’
Montecito: 0.04’’

East Camino Cielo: 0.08’’

Upper Romero: 0.18’’

Wind advisories will go into effect for both counties at 1:00 p.m. The first one will impact both counties and include the following areas:

San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Cambria, San Simeon, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Vandenberg, Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Black Mountain.

Twenty to 30 mile per hour winds are in the forecast for this advisory with gusts up to 45 mph and will expire by 9:00 p.m.

Further south, also in Santa Barbara County, another advisory will be in place from 1:00 p.m. and will expire at 3:00 a.m. Friday. This advisory will impact Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Carpinteria, plus the foothills behind those areas. Winds will range from 20-30 mph but gusts could increase in the afternoon and evening to 40 mph.