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Light rain Wednesday morning ahead of heavier rainfall Wednesday night-Thursday morning

Posted at 5:46 AM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 09:34:31-05

The second storm for this week is fast approaching and has the potential to bring heavy rainfall with it. Weather models are showing some light rain activity leading into the morning commute Wednesday, then by the afternoon, mostly cloudy skies will remain before the rain returns in the early evening. The rain will continue to intensify through the overnight hours leading into early Thursday morning. During this time, hourly rain rates could reach 0.50” with the possibility of 0.75” per hour.

San Luis Obispo County rainfall totals for this system could range from 0.75”-1.5”. Santa Barbara County south coast could be near 0.75”-2”, with the possibility of 3” at higher elevations. There is not a flash flood warning in place, but the concern still lies in heavy rainfall near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fire burn scars in Santa Barbara County.

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Gusty winds continue to be in the forecast and will range from 15-30 miles per hour with gusts around 45 mph, with the potential to increase to 60 mph later Wednesday night.  Daytime highs continue to sit right around the low to mid-60s for most of the Central Coast.

Here are the rainfall totals for the last 24 hours:

Summerland: 1.02”
Santa Barbara: 1.14”
Montecito: 1.19”
Goleta: 1.10”
Gaviota: 1.33”
Santa Ynez: 0.83”
Lake Cachuma: 1.60”
San Simeon: 0.35”
Paso Robles: 0.04”
Templeton: 0.15”
Cal Poly: 0.32”
Los Osos: 0.75”
Santa Maria: 0.06”
Pismo Beach: 0.08”
Arroyo Grande: 0.08”
Vandenberg Village: 0.37”