After a sunny holiday weekend, a much rainier pattern moves in

Posted at 4:38 AM, Dec 26, 2022

Good Morning Central Coast! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Unlike the rest of the country the Central Coast saw abundant sunshine and very warm temperatures (SLO got up to 82 degrees on Christmas Day) for the last few days but that is all about to change as a set of storms barrels their way towards us.

This change in pattern is all thanks to the high pressure that kept us warm over the holiday meeting ejecting to the south and "opening the door" to a much more active pattern. With this set up low pressure systems have a chance of bringing rain to us on the Central Coast.

To kick off that pattern today there is cloud cover overspreading the region. Thankfully it is far enough up in the atmosphere that it will not impact the morning commute.

Thanks to the looming pattern change highs have fallen slightly and will be in the 60s and 70s today, cooler into the rest of the week.

The unsettled pattern begins with a cold front that will move in overnight Monday into Tuesday Morning. That will bring rain through the day Tuesday and clear out by Wednesday morning.

Imbedded in this storm will be some strong wind gusts that may be enough to cause a wind advisory or two to pop up. Additionally significant rain is expected from this system, so much so that there is already a flood watch in place for portions of Monterey County through tomorrow night.

Alongside the wind gusts and flood advisories there is a High Surf Advisory in place through Wednesday Morning.

For the the majority of the Central Coast rain totals could range from 1-2.5", along our south coast those numbers look a little smaller ranging from .5-1.5 inches. Either way, this storm will be impactful.

As this first storm system moves to the south of us Wednesday, more rain will on the edge of a warm front Thursday into Friday, and another stronger system Saturday. That Saturday storm may be impactful for new years celebrations.

Even once the new years system passes there are several more systems looking to head our way for the first week of the new year.

Have a great day Central Coast!