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Thursday will be cloudy with a chance of showers

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Posted at 4:23 AM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 10:06:52-05

A low pressure system is bringing cloudy conditions and rain to the Central Coast Thursday. Weather models are showing that rain will make its way over the north coast starting around 6 a.m., if not earlier.

By the height of the morning commute, drivers should expect widespread rainfall covering most of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County. By 10 a.m., the system will start to shift over the rest of Santa Barbara County which could last through noon.

Most of the system should be cleared out of the area and partly cloudy skies will remain for the remainder of the day heading into the 3 o'clock hour. This rain system actually still looks pretty light, producing less than 0.25'' of rain across the region.

Aside from the rain, windy conditions will continue. A wind advisory from the mountains and foothills to the coast in Santa Barbara County will remain in place through Friday morning. For most of Thursday, sustaining northerly winds will range from 20-30 miles per hour with gusts from 40-50 mph.

A high surf advisory has been issued for the coast in San Luis Obispo County, breaking waves could potentially range from eight to 12 feet before the advisory expires Friday at 8 a.m.

Daytime highs will continue to trend down, staying close to the low 60s for much of the area. Looking ahead to the weekend, these cooler temperatures will remain and the chance for more rain makes its way back into the forecast Monday.