Sunday afternoon has been a relatively calm weather day despite the intense conditions that are ahead.
Wind gusts in many areas were around 20-30 mph, with places like Gaviota and Refugio seeing gusts over 50 mph.
These gusts are going to intensify significantly as Sunday night progresses with dangerous wind gusts and high surf.
Our High Wind Warning in southern Santa Barbara County extends into Monday afternoon, as isolated wind gusts in the Santa Ynez mountain range could be up to 80 mph!
A High Wind Watch has been issued for the rest of Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County.
Out along the coastline, gusts could be up to 50 mph creating waves up to 21 feet in our outer waters.
The National Weather Service and the U.S. Coast Guard say conditions like these are "rare" events, occurring once every 5-10 years.
Mariners are encouraged to stay safe in the harbor.
We have also seen an over 10 degree temperature drop in some parts of the Central Coast from Saturday afternoon.
This is just the start of how low temperatures will go as a Hard Freeze Watch has now been issued.
Many areas will see close to or below freezing temperatures for the next few nights, with Tuesday night anticipated to be the coldest.
It's recommended to protect sensitive plants and animals during this time.
Stay safe out there!