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Cold morning temps again, mild conditions into the weekend

Hazard Canyon beach has been thrashed by recent storms
Posted at 4:28 AM, Feb 16, 2023

Good Morning Central Coast!

It is a cold one to start the day, many locations (especially in the interior valleys) are in the 20s. Add in the slight winds and wind chill values are only in the teens. Grab that extra layer this morning, you will need it. There are frost advisories in place for the Central Coast coastal valleys and Southcoast. Inland lows will be even colder in the upper 20s for most but no advisories are in place there as freezing conditions this time of year is not out of the ordinary.

As we get closer to dawn more cloud cover will move into the region. The clouds are associated with a cold front sitting just off the coast.

This low pressure is associated with a positively tilted upper-level trough. This is where the axis of low pressure is oriented so that it forms a line diagonally with the north end further east and the south end further west. In general this will put showers ahead of the cold front, but without much energy all we will see is clouds.

Here is a look at an example of a positivley tilted upper level trough. Check out this link for more information on what this generally means.

The positive tilt will keep a low-pressure center too far away from the Central Coast for us to see much more than cloud cover and winds Friday and into the weekend. This will allow mild temps in the mid-60s to continue.

Most of the extended forecast stays mild until the end of the 7-day when a cool blast arrives pushing temps back down into the 50s.

The 8-14 day forecast still features cooler than average highs with showery systems likely. It is looking more likely that the end of February and the beginning of March will be cold (potentially very cold) and active.

Have a great day Central Coast.