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After a brief break more rain expected each day into Thursday


Rain and sunshine mix on the Central Coast
Posted at 6:22 AM, Feb 27, 2023

Good Morning Central Coast! We have had quite the set of storms over the past week with more on the way.

For a look at rain totals across the region check out this link.

After a little break in the rain Sunday a decaying cold front began pushing into the region Sunday evening and is still impactful this morning. This will make for a bit of a messy commute especially in Santa Barbara county where the showers will linger into the mid morning hours.

This first wave of rain is expected to bring 0.25-0.75" of rain, the interior valleys will be less that that but overall accumulations will be significant enough to once again bring flight flooding chances in low lying poor drainage areas.

By mid morning the first system will clear out and aside from some scattered showers will give a little break, before a parade of systems moves in over the next couple of days.

Each system will be weak (relatively in comparison to the end of last week) but will bring some decent totals of both rain and snow.

Monday afternoon the next cold front will push into the region from the north and bring strong winds and rain. Rain totals will be low as the storm will move through very quickly and will only amount to trace amounts up to a quarter of an inch.

The much more substantial impact will be strong winds that will accompany the front. Some gusts may get up to 45 mph as the front passes. Due to this risk there is a wind advisory in place for the majority of San Luis Obispo county through 10 PM tonight.

Once the initial front passes scattered showers will take over and last for quite a while. This will complicate conditions all the way through Wednesday night. Accumulations are expected to be between, half an inch all the way to a full additional inch. This will be highly localized and depend on where the scattered showers set up but will keep the whole area damp.

Snow will continue to be an issue but levels will not reach as low as the last several days. Levels will rise to the 3500-4500 foot range on Monday, but will fall a bit into the 3000-4000 foot range for Tuesday and Wednesday. So, with expected rainfall totals, initial snowfall estimates are for 10-18 inches above 5000 feet with 4-10 inches expected between 3000 and 5000 feet.

There is a winter weather advisory in place through Tuesday at 4 p.m. for the Santa Lucia Mountains because of that new snow expected.

Thursday and Friday look quiet with slight warming. By Sunday night another chance for showers moves in. Keep that umbrella handy.

Have a great day Central Coast!