Light rain, high surf expected in SLO, Santa Barbara Counties

Posted at 4:18 PM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 19:25:38-05

A weak storm system is expected to bring rainy conditions Sunday night into Monday morning. Total rainfall amounts will generally be a quarter to half an inch with higher amounts possible in the foothills of San Luis Obispo County. Rain will start to taper off late Monday.

High surf conditions will continue across the Central Coast through Sunday. A long period of west-northwest swell will bring very large, damaging surf to the Central Coast through Tuesday morning. A high surf warning will be in place from 9 a.m. Sunday through 9 a.m. Tuesday for both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

Breakers between 18 and 25 feet will be common across west and northwest facing beaches with local sets up to 30 feet possible.

Some of this swell energy is expected to bring high surf conditions to west-facing beaches of LA, Ventura and southern Santa Barbara Counties but it won’t be as significant as the Central Coast.

Minor coastal flooding of low-lying areas will be possible Monday through Tuesday. Peak tides around 5 feet are expected in the early morning hours.

#beonkabyOut and about before the rain.Fiscalini Ranch, Cambria

Posted by Kris Allen on Sunday, December 16, 2018

High pressure builds up behind the storm, bringing warmer daytime temperatures and drying conditions.