Wind is the driving force in the weather this week

Posted at 2:24 PM, Oct 16, 2019

A trough of low pressure is coming our direction and winds will start to pick up on Thursday. These winds on arrival Thursday will be gusty at times all the way thru early next week.

We saw plenty of high clouds over the area today but the rough feature comes over the area tonight. We will see low clouds at the west-facing Central Coast but some increased wind flow should already begin tonight in the Santa Ynez mountains and south. Those winds will be north to south and should keep southern Santa Barbara county clear.

The marine clouds could produce a little mist or drizzle late tonight into early Thursday morning, but after that the NW winds pick up at 15-30mph in the afternoon and should clear most low clouds. Temps will drop into the 60s at the beaches with lower 70s in the coastal valleys and low to mid 70s inland.

The time of potentially highest concern comes later Thursday night into the very early Friday hours when strong N-NE winds develop from Santa Barbara county east thru Ventrura county. These winds will be strong 20-30 with gusts to 40-50 and will likely prompt advisories late Thursday into Friday.. They will be dry winds as well.

Friday should be a little warmer due to more clear skies but again it will be windy in the afternoon.

The weekend looks breezy to windy at times but the temps look moderate. Mostly NW flow across the area. But early next week a larger ridge sets up and Monday and Tuesday could see temps as high as the low 90s return to the coastal valleys, 10-20 degrees above normal for some. Temps will start to ease a little Wednesday as the ridge weakens.