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Monterey, CA 93940

55°F

  • 43°
  • 7:16 AM
  • 5:22 PM

TONIGHT

51°F

  • 20%
  • 5:22 PM
  • Saturday

    56° / 51°
  • Sunday

    56° / 43°
  • Monday

    51° / 43°
  • Tuesday

    55° / 38°
  • Wednesday

    59° / 40°
  • Thursday

    59° / 40°

Latest Weather Forecast

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Forecast Story

Showers linger before early Sunday storm

Showers and thunderstorms linger through Saturday morning before a brief break. The next storm system arrives late Saturday into Sunday morning bringing gusty winds and flooding rains. Dryer weather by mid-week.

 
***FLOOD WARNING***
(From the NWS in Monterey)
Until 12:45AM Sunday
- Northwestern Monterey County
 
Excessive rainfall over the past few weeks and over recent days has led to elevated river levels on the Salinas Valley River. Gauges in the Salinas Valley lagoon are reporting the river is above flood stage. The level is about 6.31ft, flooding occurs at 6.0ft. Flooding is likely in mainly rural areas across northwestern Monterey County and will continue through the weekend.

Until 3:45PM Monday
- Southeastern Santa Clara County
- Northwestern San Benito County

 A combination of excessive rainfall over the past weeks in addition to continued rainfall over recent days has led to elevated river levels and damaged levees along the Pacheco Creek.  Flooding is actively occurring along the Pacheco Creek near Lovers Lane and San Felipe Rd north of Hollister. Flooding may also be possible or occurring on Soap/San Felipe Lake, Frazier Lake, and other smaller tributaries in the impacted area. 

Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. All interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.


***HIGH SURF WARNING***
(From the NWS in Monterey)
Until 4PM Saturday for...

- All immediate coastal areas of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties

West swell increasing to 16-20 feet Friday afternoon and as high as 24-28 feet Friday night and Saturday. Swell period of 14-15 seconds.

Impacts include large breaking waves, strong rip currents, and sneaker waves. This will result in very dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents.

*Flood Advisory*
(From the NWS in Monterey)
Until 3:45PM Sunday
- Pacecho Creek and surrounding areas from Pacheco Lake to the Pajaro River

Local Water District and County Emergency Management personnel have indicated that limited portions of the spillway structure for Pacheco Lake have been compromised from prior storm activity and spillway releases this winter. Specifically, there is concern that renewed spillway releases that are anticipated in response to forecast rainfall this weekend could cause additional erosion of the spillway structure, which could lead to excessive sediment and/or runoff to enter Pacheco Creek downstream. Excessive runoff and sediment could cause or increase flooding downstream.

NWS Monterey is forecasting an additional 1-2" of rainfall this weekend in the Pacheco Creek watershed that feeds the reservoir. Development of post-frontal convective thunderstorms over the watershed could increase local precipitation totals over the weekend. Rainfall this weekend will likely be accompanied by increased releases over the spillway, but it is currently not expected that additional releases would pose additional risk to the spillway or downstream areas.

Engineers from the local Water District as well as California Division of Safety of Dams and California Department of Water Resources engineers are on-site conducting inspections and assessing the level of risk posed by current and expected conditions. County Emergency Managers are aware of the situation and are taking appropriate action and following necessary protocols.

Should the situation worsen and elevate the hazard to human life and property, either prior to or during storm activity this weekend, a flash flood warning will be issued for affected areas. Stay tuned to your wireless emergency alerts via cellular phone, emergency alert system interruptions to local radio and television, NOAA weather radio, social media and other local news and notification services should a flash flood warning be necessary.

Saturday: A few showers in the morning hours, then mostly cloudy but mainly dry in the afternoon. Light rain possible late. Breezy for exposed coastal areas. Highs in the 50s with a few spots in the 40s in the mountains.

*High Wind Watch*
(From the NWS in Monterey)
8PM Saturday through 10AM Sunday
- Santa Cruz County
- Santa Clara County
- Monterey County
- San Benito County

Expect sustained southerly winds from 40-50mph with higher gusts possible. The wind will be strongest near the coast and in the higher terrain.

Downed trees, limps, and powerlines will be possible. Driving of high profile vehicles will be impacted as well.

A High Wind Watch means there is potential for a hazardous high wind event. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
 

*Flash Flood Watch*
(From the NWS in Monterey)
12AM - 6PM Sunday
- Santa Cruz County
- Santa Clara County
- Monterey County
- San Benito County

Periods of heavy rain on saturated soils will impact the region from late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. Additional rainfall amounts from 0.75"-1.5" are possible at lower elevations with 2"-4" across the higher terrain.

The primary impacts will be localized ponding of water on low lying roadways with poor drainage, rapid rises on streams and creeks with some likely exceeding bankfull, some river flooding, and potential rock and mud slides. Recent burn scars will also be susceptible to debris flows during periods of intense rainfall.

Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

Overnight: Heavy rain and wind through the overnight hours. Temperatures mostly in the upper 40s and 50s.

Sunday: Rain and wind from the overnight hours slowly break down through the day. Expect scattered showers into the afternoon. Cool once again with highs in the 50s.

Extended: Heading into Monday, showers and thunderstorms may linger in the region. Dryer weather expected by Tuesday. Temperatures remain cool for this time of year for most of next week, but should warm back up to normal by the end of the week.


The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for January 28th-February 3rd calls for slightly above normal temperatures and slightly below normal precipitation.
 

El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Weak La Niña (trending toward neutral)
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This week's normal temperatures:

     --COAST--
LOW: 43ºF  HIGH: 60ºF

     --INLAND--

LOW: 36ºF  HIGH: 62ºF

Updated by Meteorologist Steve Fundaro on Saturday at 12:58 p.m.


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Historical Averages

High Low
Current 56°F 51°F
Average 60°F 44°F
Record 76°F January 21, 1976 32°F January 21, 1962