A cold front will bring widespread rain and gusty winds by early afternoon

Posted at 4:24 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 10:59:48-05

A cold front moving over the California coast will bring rain showers, at times moderate to heavy, across San Luis Obispo County by late morning.

Rainfall rates will still range from 0.25''-0.5'' per hour but there continues to be little concern for impacts over the recent burn area in Santa Barbara County.
For north coast residents getting ready to head out the door between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., expect the start of light scattered showers. The rain will intensify over San Luis Obispo County by early afternoon. Moderate to heavy rainfall will be possible through 8:00 p.m. for both counties as the storm travels down to the south coast region.

Daytime highs are trending down Thursday and will mostly be in the low to upper 50s range. Rainfall amounts will vary, depending on the area you are in. The coastal valleys and beaches could receive as much as 0.75'' and the mountains and foothills could receive up to 1.50''.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Santa Barbara County mountains and foothills as snow levels drop to 3500 feet.

In the inland valleys of San Luis Obispo County, a wind advisory will be in effect through 10:00 p.m. During this time, wind gusts have the potential to reach 50 miles per hour.
The storm will likely be out of the area by 10:00 p.m. The weekend ahead looks dry with cloudy skies.