Several days of rain begins this morning, will last through Thursday

Clouds over very green hills in San Luis Obispo
Posted at 5:51 AM, May 02, 2023

Good morning, Central Coast! Happy Tuesday!

Grab that raincoat, and keep in handy over the next few days, there are scattered showers moving across the region this morning with more rain to come Wednesday and Thursday.

All this is thanks to a trough of low pressure draped across nearly the whole west coast. This will allow a surface low to move south and begin to spin. That combination will bring us abundant energy to kick up some scattered showers today, and rain through Thursday.

Within that there will be showers capable of producing some rain and even thunderstorms as the day warms up.

This morning rain began early, and will continue to bring scattered showers into the early afternoon. From that point we will have a little break in the rain ahead of more rain Wednesday.

Here is a look at the expected path of these storms.

Wednesday morning the rain will return early and will morph into widespread rain that will last for most of the day Wednesday. By the evening the low pressure will make a turn onshore and bring heavier rain to the south coast and even potentially some light snow in the highest elevations of Santa Barbara county.

It isn’t just rain but the potential for thunderstorms that people need to be aware of. The thunderstorm risk is on Wednesday. This brings the potential for lightning, brief heavy downpours, hail, and isolated small tornadoes or waterspouts are also possible. This is not a high-risk scenario. The risk is “marginal” according to the Storm Prediction Center and there are no active watches or warnings.

Accumulation wise here is what we are looking at. Some spots may see over an inch, but the majority of the region will see 0.4" to 0.75" of rain. There is also the chance for some snow accumulations at the highest elevations of Santa Barbara county.

Temps today will be on the chilly side. Most locations failing to get out of the low 60s today.

Temps will stay chilly through Thursday. Once the low moves east of us temps will begin to rise, alongside more sunshine.

Have a great day Central Coast!