Weekend temps look to tumble as cold front comes thru

Posted at 4:01 PM, Dec 12, 2019

Temperatures will be a few degrees above normal through Friday under partly cloudy skies. Large westerly swell will bring high surf through the weekend. Light rain is possible Saturday into early Sunday but most notably the strong NW winds and cooler temps will be the thing most folks will notice.

Temps will come crashing down below normal again over the weekend as a cold front pushes through Saturday night and clouds increase. The trough isn't taking a favorable path for precip in most of our area as northwest flow will continue to dominate through the period. The cold air coming behind the cold front Saturday night will lower snow levels to around 3500` and some light snow accumulations are possible at pass level over Interstate 5.

Strong northwest winds will accompany the cold front Saturday into early Sunday. Gusty west winds expected at lower elevations Saturday, especially near the coast, but probably just below wind advisory levels.

An upper level ridge keep the area dry Monday/Tuesday with moderate offshore morning winds. That said temps probably stay on the cooler side in the 60s across lower elevations despite the offshore breezes.

The question for next week is still shower chances Wednesday. Models disagree. If it happens it looks very light.