Dangerous winds, surf and freezing temperatures Sunday

Posted at 5:26 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 01:36:04-05

Saturday was pretty close to perfect - with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures.

Temperatures were above normal, but a bit cooler than Friday.

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Things could not be more different as we head into Sunday.

We're tracking high winds, dangerous seas, chance of light showers and low elevation snow.

Winds are transitioning from an offshore flow to an onshore flow with extremely high wind gusts in some areas.

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Our High Wind Watch in southern Santa Barbara County extends into Monday afternoon as gusts could be up to 70 mph.

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Gusts in the Santa Ynez mountains could be as high as 80 mph!

Highways 101 and 154 will be affected with strongest winds in the San Marcos Pass, Gaviota, and Refugio areas.

The High Wind Watch in San Luis Obispo and the rest of Santa Barbara County is for gusts up to 60 mph and wind speeds 25-40 mph.

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The strongest winds are anticipated along the coast, with blowing sand potentially reducing visibility.

We also have a High Surf Advisory and Storm Warning as surf along the coastline could be 10-15 ft and waves in the outer waters can be 17-20 ft!

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With these strong winds comes the possibility of downed trees and power lines.

At this time, no public safety power shutoff has been issued.

We are anticipating a major cooling off Sunday, some areas seeing temperatures 10-15 less than Saturday.

In the evening, several areas will be close to freezing or even below freezing, leading to a Freeze Watch being issued.


Places like Atascadero will see 28 degrees Sunday night!


These cool temperatures will remain for most of the week with some areas getting even colder Tuesday!

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