Thunderstorms possible through the morning commute

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Posted at 4:06 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 10:27:20-05

There's a chance of thunderstorms Friday morning for coastal valleys and coastal regions across the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara could both see some thunderstorm activity before 10 a.m., which could mean one inch of additional rain is possible.

As of 3:30 a.m. the radar was showing scattered rainfall across the Central Coast, with heavier rain over the eastern portion of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Most of the activity toward the coast exists along the south coast region in Santa Barbara County where rain rates in Goleta and Santa Barbara are staying between 0.08'' and 0.15'' per hour.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Friday afternoon will be partly cloudy with sunshine peeking through with temperatures staying in the 50s and low 60s. Winds will shift out of the south and will taper off from a 20-30 mile per hour range in the morning to a 10-20 mph range in the afternoon.

Temperatures will remain consistent throughout the weekend with partly cloudy skies. By the start of next week, a trough will approach the area, which could bring some moisture to the Central Coast Monday into Tuesday.

For three-day rainfall accumulations for the Central Coast, click here.