Wet Christmas expected for much of Central Coast

Posted at 4:39 PM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 20:44:03-05

Much of the Central Coast is expected to wake up to a wet Christmas, as rainfall moves through the area Monday night into Tuesday morning.

A high surf advisory is forecast through tomorrow for coastal cities like Arroyo Grande, Cambria, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach and Santa Maria.

Monday’s 7 to 9-foot northwesterly swell is forecast along our coastline through Monday night and increases Tuesday to 11 to 13 feet.

A fast moving upper-level low-pressure system will drop southward from Northern California into the Central Valley this Christmas Eve into Christmas morning.

The system will produce strong to gale-force northwesterly winds, cooler temperatures and showers Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Total rainfall amounts are expected to range between a tenth and one half inch throughout the Central Coast.

Rain should move out Tuesday and winds will die down Wednesday but remain noticeable.

There is a slight chance of thunderstorms Monday night for northern Santa Barbara County and most of SLO County.

A high wind warning is in effect for Carpinteria and Santa Barbara for Christmas.

Snow levels are expected to drop to around 1 foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada.