Rain Expected Through Monday with Thunderstorm Potential

National Weather Service

Update by the National Weather Service
January 22, 2024

Showers and possible thunderstorms will continue today [Monday], then decrease tonight into Tuesday. Slow down on the roads and plan for extra commute time.

Picture of wet windshield. Brief 15-30 minute periods of rain (showers) 10-20% chance of thunderstorms anywhere Expect ponding of water on freeways and local roads Expect increased road accidents and delays RECOMMENDED ACTIONS Plan for extra travel time on roads SLOW DOWN on slippery roads When thunder roars, go indoors for safe sheltering

By the edhat staff
January 19, 2024

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts two separate rainstorms to land along the Central Coast Friday evening through Monday.

Light rain is expected on Friday evening with intensity to pick up on Saturday. Light rain will continue to Monday when a heavier storm will pass with the potential to bring thunderstorms.

Light rain will continue through the weekend, with periods of moderate rainfall during the Friday night through Saturday and Monday periods. The most likely outcome for weekend rainfall totals is 1 to 3 inches of rain with 3 to 5 inches in the foothills and mountains. Peak rain rates will be 0.10 to 0.50 inches per hour with isolated rates of 0.50 to 0.75 inches per hour possible near any thunderstorms. The reasonable worst case scenario (20% chance) is 2-4 inches of rain with 4-8 inches in the foothills. Peak rain rates of 0.25 to 0.50 inches per hour and isolated 0.75 inches per hour are possible. Snow levels will remain around 6,500 to 8,000 feet. Additionally, there is a 10-20% chance of thunderstorms Monday through Monday night.

NWS predicts Santa Barbara will receive close to three inches of rain this weekend with Santa Ynez expecting 2.5 inches and Pine Mountain close to four inches.

Thunderstorm potential is 17% on the South Coast while Santa Maria and Lompoc jump to a 20% chance.

Expected Storm Total Rain Amounts for Friday through Monday from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles Counties. Expected totals are 1 to 3 inches across coasts and valleys and 3 to 5 inches across southwest facing mountain slopes.

A High Surf Advisory is also in effect for coastal beaches beginning Friday through Sunday evening.

Large breaking waves can peak at 10-14 feet on Saturday then slowly subside through Sunday. NWS states it will be highest on west-facing beaches with dangerous rip currents expected.

“There is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore,” NWS states.

It’s advised to remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions, or stay near occupied lifeguard towers. Rock jetties can be deadly in such conditions so stay off the rocks.

Thunderstorm potential Sunday night through Monday. There is a 15 to 20% chance across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and all the waters, and up to 15% chance across Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

Edhat Staff

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