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Stormy next couple of days

The next storm begins to move into the area Sunday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds by Sunday night.

***Wind Advisory***
From 4pm Sunday through 4am Tuesday for the following areas:
- Monterey County
- Santa Cruz County
- San Benito County
- Santa Clara County

Expect southeast winds Sunday afternoon of 20-35mph with gusts reaching 45mph. Powerful winds will bring down trees, tree branches and powerlines. Expect widespread tree damage and power outages throughout the Monterey Bay area.

***Flood Watch***
From 4pm Sunday through 4am Tuesday for the following areas:
- Hollister Valley
- Salinas Valley
- Arroyo Seco
- San Antonio Valley
- Carmel Valley

Widespread moderate to heavy rain is forecast to occur late Thursday Night and Friday. Initially, this rainfall will result in rapid rises on creeks and streams across Monterey and San Benito Counties on Friday. Some smaller creeks and streams may reach or exceed bankfull. Runoff across the Salinas River basin will result in significant rises on the Salinas River from late Friday through Sunday. Minor flooding may occur along the upper Salinas River around midday Saturday and along the lower Salinas River by midday Sunday.

The primary impacts will be localized ponding of water on low lying roadways with poor drainage, rapid rises on streams and creeks with some possibly exceeding bankfull, minor flooding along the Salinas River, and potential rock and mud slides in areas of steep terrain.

Sunday: Increasing clouds early with rain likely in the afternoon. Rain becomes more widespread in the evening. Winds become strong out of the southeast into the evening. Highs in the 50s to low 60s.

Overnight: Rain continues, becoming heavy at times. Winds continue to be gusty out of the southeast. Low temperatures will be in the low 50s.

Monday: Rain throughout the day, heavy at times. Gusty winds. Expect highs in the 50s and low 60s.

Extended: Another wave of rain will come through on Tuesday and some showers may linger into Wednesday. Then, dryer conditions will arrive. Temperatures remain seasonable to slightly cool during the period and low temperatures will be very chilly late next week.

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for February 26th - March 4th calls for the likelihood of below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
 

El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
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This week's normal temperatures:

     --COAST--
LOW: 44ºF  HIGH: 61ºF

     --INLAND--

LOW: 39ºF  HIGH: 64ºF

Updated by Meteorologist Steve Fundaro on Saturday at 8:07 a.m.