The atmospheric river that’s in place off the coast of California has been lagging in the overnight hours. While the rain hasn’t covered much of the Central Coast yet, the high winds have arrived. The beaches and coastal valleys of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are under a wind advisory through Thursday afternoon as winds will range between 25-35 miles per hour with the potential for gusts to reach 40 mph. The canyons and mountains are under a high wind warning with potential for winds gusts to reach 60 mph.
A chilly and colorful sunrise in Paso.#beonksby
Timing with this system has been tricky but weather models are still indicating that the heaviest rainfall periods will be between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Throughout the afternoon, rainfall looks to be lighter but this is all before it picks up again Thursday. Heavier rainfall is in the forecast for most of Thursday morning, along with the potential of thunderstorms. Thursday’s storm could actually bring heavier rainfall rates compared to Wednesday. Rainfall totals from this system for the coastal valleys and beaches will be from .75’’-2’’, while in the mountains and foothills there could be 2’’-4’’ of rain.