Mix of sun and clouds before two storms hit

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 22:29:20-05

The Central Coast will see partly to mostly cloudy skies through Wednesday with the marine layer making its return in the overnight hours. Some locally gusty northerly winds will be likely Tuesday night across southern Santa Barbara County, but widespread advisory-level winds are not expected.

Photo courtesy: Perry Richardson

A low-pressure system will head towards the Central Coast mid-week, producing moderate southerly winds, increasing clouds, and rain. Steady rain will start along the Central Coast late Wednesday night with the rain spreading south and east on Thursday.

Rainfall amounts will range between 0.25 and 0.75 of an inch. Rainfall rates are projected to be below the threshold for debris flow or mudslides.

There will be a brief break in the rain on Friday morning, but by Friday afternoon another, more intense storm system will approach. Right now, models show the heaviest rain and the strongest winds overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Total rainfall amounts with this system will range between 1.00 and 4.00 inches.

Friday and Saturday’s system is expected to bring gusty southerly winds ranging from 30 to 45 mph. Isolated gusts could reach up to 60 mph.