Groundhog Day kicks off with frost, warmer but cloudy by afternoon

Central Coast Marine Clouds
Posted at 4:36 AM, Feb 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-02 15:52:50-05

Good Morning Central Coast and Happy Groundhog Day!

I am not a big believer in roping a rodent into the forecast but I do love all the fanfare even when it comes to Phil's "prognostication"! Now we just need to see if he catches a glimpse of that shadow or not.

Either way for us it is going to be a cold start to the morning across the region with widespread frost continuing this morning. Once again there is a frost advisory in place for our beaches and coastal valleys through 8AM.

Other than that, Thursday should see a few more high clouds as a system off the coast will start pulling some in. Temperatures will be near average despite the cool start.

Friday there is a chance of some light showers or sprinkles as a frontal boundary stalls near the SLO county north coast. This is about the only area with some rain potential Friday (and some of the rest of northern SLO county) but totals should remain in the hundredths of an inch for those who see any rain at all. South of this area just some clouds Friday.

Most of Saturday is quiet until the afternoon and evening when another similar but slightly stronger front moves through the area.

This brings a rain chance to the entire Central Coast but again light amounts are likely with about .50" for the high side. As this rain event is later Saturday into Sunday you won't see a lot of rain icons on extended forecasts. I should note that this system is much stronger in NorCal and folks planning activities or traveling north of SLO County should consult our Microclimate Weather App for more forecasts in those areas. It will be cold and snow in the Sierra is likely.

Have a great Groundhog Day Central Coast!