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High wind watch issued for Santa Barbara County mountains

Posted at 4:04 AM, Jan 28, 2020

The windy conditions across the Central Coast aren't going anywhere just yet. A high wind watch has been issued for the Santa Barbara County mountains through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. During this window of time, northeasterly winds will generally range from 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 65 mph. These winds could impact drivers in the area, particularly along Highway 101 and Highway 154.

For other parts of the Central Coast, windy conditions will also be a factor in the forecast through the start of the weekend. Sustaining winds for San Luis Obispo County and the northern portion of Santa Barbara County will range from 15-25 mph.

The northeasterly winds will continue through the weekend, which will result in a gradual warm-up through Saturday. Daytime highs Tuesday will close to the mid to upper 60s for the beaches, upper 50s to mid-60s for the inland valleys and upper 60s to low 70s for the coastal valley communities. By the Saturday, it's looking like most of the area will be in the 70s, with the potential for some of the inland valleys to reach the low 80s.

Back at the coast, San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara County are under a high surf advisory through 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. During this time, breaking waves can range from eight to 13 feet.