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Valley fog and breezy conditions through the morning commute

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Posted at 5:03 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 09:43:35-05

Gusty north and northwesterly winds will continue Friday and into the weekend.

A wind advisory has been extended over the south coast, mountains, and foothills in Santa Barbara County through 6:00 a.m. Wind speeds will range from 15-30 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 45 mph. By midnight another advisory will go into effect for San Luis Obispo County as similar wind conditions are expected to develop. The advisory is set to expire at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Skies will be mostly clear for the morning drive with the exception of the inland valleys. Valley fog is expected to linger through 10 a.m. before it mixes out by the afternoon.

Temperatures are starting to trend up Friday and will become warmer through the end of the weekend. Daytime highs along the coast will range from the low to mid-60s while the coastal and inland valley communities will likely reach the mid-60s to the mid-70s.

Looking ahead to next week, weather models are indicating that there could be some light shower activity Wednesday ahead of Christmas Eve. Once the system passes, skies will be mostly clear and the holiday temperatures will stay close to the mid to upper 60s.