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Heavy rain possible

Weather in 60 seconds with Jason 3 21 18

A strong Pacific storm system interacting with an atmospheric river will bring the threat of heavy rain to the Central Coast into Thursday. The moist flow shifts back north overnight Wednesday into Thursday as a cold front moves in from the north, maximizing the heavy rain threat once again. After the cold front passes late Thursday, rain and wind will die down.

Rest of Wednesday: Light to moderate rain will persist in the coastal hills with occasional light showers/isolated thunderstorms elsewhere. Gusty southerly winds but warmer temperatures-- many areas in the 60s. Moderate to heavy rain will return to the entire region after dark.

Overnight: Widespread moderate to heavy rain. Minor flooding possible in streams in the Santa Lucia Range. Winds increase with occasional strong gusts from the south. Lows will generally be in the 50s.

Thursday: Rain, heavy at times early, then becoming mostly cloudy with widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms.  Southerly winds may gust up to 40mph. A cold front will then pass from north to south across the region during the afternoon, bringing an end to the wind and rain. Cooler, with highs in the 50s.

Friday: Partly cloudy and cooler. A few sprinkles in the coastal mountains throughout the day then a chance of showers near the coast late. Highs in the 50s.

Extended: The cold core of the Pacific weather system that brought us heavy rain through mid-week will then slowly pass through our area this weekend. Scattered light showers and cool temperatures can be expected. Next week will start on the cool side, but highs will return to above normal levels by mid-week under plentiful sunshine.

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for March 29th- April 4th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and BELOW normal precipitation.




El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Weak La Niña
Forecast: Weak La Niña will trend neutral through spring.


This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 46ºF  HIGH: 63ºF

LOW: 41ºF  HIGH: 68ºF