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The forecast will be mild Wednesday before a cold front brings rain to the area Thursday

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Posted at 4:19 AM, Jan 15, 2020

Wednesday will be a fairly mild day with temperatures staying close to where they were Tuesday. Daytime highs for the coastal valleys and beaches will still be close to the low to mid-60s Wednesday, and the inland valley communities will stick around the upper 50s.

Southerly winds will develop again Wednesday afternoon, but they will be mild and stay between 10 to 20 miles per hour at their peak. As a result, another day of clear skies is in store for our coastal communities. There will likely still be some patchy clouds and fog that linger in the inland valleys throughout the morning commute, but those conditions will clear by the early afternoon.

Later Wednesday, closer to 10:00 p.m., there will be increase cloud activity over much of San Luis Obispo County as a cold front sweeps through the area. Rain will develop over the north coast early Thursday morning and travel down to the south coast region through the early afternoon. Rainfall rates could be heavy to moderate, ranging from 0.25'' to 0.50'' per hour. For rainfall totals, they will stay between 0.25'' and 0.75'' for most of the area. The mountains and foothills could see higher rainfall totals that will range from 0.75'' to 1.25'', possibly up to 1.50''. There is no threat or concern to recent burn areas.

Snow levels will drop to 3,500 to 4,000 feet Thursday morning, which will produce moderate snowfall. For areas above 5,500 feet, snow accumulation could range from four to eight inches.