Slick roads and gusty winds expected throughout the morning commute

Posted at 5:18 AM, Dec 14, 2020

After a weekend of light, scattered shower activity, roads will be wet and slick throughout the morning commute. As an upper-level trough exits the area, there will still be a slight chance of shores over northerly slopes and mountains throughout the morning. After that, skies will be mostly sunny but temperatures will be on the cooler side.

Daytime highs are trending down by five to ten degrees. In some cases, maximum temperatures over inland valleys, like Cuyama, could only reach the upper 40s Monday. Otherwise, most coastal and valley locations will stay between the upper 50s and low 60s.

A high wind advisory is in place for Santa Barbara County's south coast, mountains, and foothills through Tuesday night. Wind speeds will stay between 15-30 miles per hour with wind gusts near 50 mph. Just before 4:45 a.m. wind speeds near the south coast were clocking at about 20 mph.

At the coast, a high surf advisory will remain in place through 9 p.m. Tuesday as breaking waves range from 10-16 feet. The advisory will cover from northern San Luis Obispo County to northern Santa Barbara County and the highest tide will be around 8:45 a.m. As a result, a coastal flood advisory is in place through noon as minor flooding over low-lying parking lots, beaches, and walkways are all a possibility.

Looking ahead to the end of the week, there is another chance of rain in the forecast Thursday. More details on rainfall potential will become available as the event nears.