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Rain, chances of thunderstorms Sunday

Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 04, 2020

Saturday was a mild, sunny day for the Central Coast, as the increase in offshore flow brought slightly cooler temperatures.

Things will dramatically change as we head into Sunday, where significant and unseasonable amounts of rain are expected.

The frontal system from this storm is anticipated to move into San Luis Obispo County late Saturday night.

Bands of moderate to heavy rain over Santa Barbara County are expected by Sunday morning.

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Along with the rain comes chances of hail, lightning, and gusty winds - some that could reach over 30 mph!

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These strong gusts have prompted a Small Craft Advisory.

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Rainfall rates of .25-.50" per hour are expected, with local rates up to .75" per hour.

Peak rainfall is anticipated Sunday afternoon through Sunday night.

Rainfall totals could range from .70-1.5" for coasts and valleys.

1.5-3.0" for foothills and mountains.

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Along with the rain comes chances of mountain snow as well.

A Winter Storm Watch for Ventura and L.A. County mountains is in place for late Sunday evening into Tuesday.

Wet weather could last into Wednesday morning!

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Stay safe out there!