Cold front moves through overnight, bringing light scattered precipitation and cooler daytime highs

Posted at 5:17 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 08:55:36-05

A cold front is moving over the Central Coast Thursday morning, bringing very light and scattered precipitation to the area. As of 4:30 a.m., most cities did not have any measurable amount of rain, except Paso Robles, which received just over a quarter of an inch of rain.

Looking ahead to the rest of the morning, the system will continue to break up and dissipate as it moves in its southerly path. Drivers should be aware that the roads will be slick throughout the morning commute, so it's important to allow extra time in traveling to a destination.

By the afternoon, expect partly cloudy skies and cold daytime highs from the 50s and 60s across the beaches, coastal valleys, and inland valleys.

A wind advisory will remain in place for San Luis Obispo County's coastal regions through 8 p.m. and for Santa Barbara County through 3 a.m. Friday. Northerly and northwesterly winds will range from 15-25 miles per hour with wind gusts from 35-45 mph.

A high surf advisory continues to remain in effect for San Luis Obispo County's coastline as breaking waves range from eight to 12 feet. The advisory is set to expire at 9 a.m., but even after it does, there will be strong and dangerous rip currents with breaking waves just below 10 feet.

Looking ahead to the weekend, a ridge of high pressure will begin to build and a warming trend will take over. Daytime highs across valley locations are expected to increase to the low to upper 70s range while most coastal communities will build into the mid to upper 60s range.