The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY GABBY FER­REIRA Gabby Fer­reira: 805-781-7858, @It­s_Gab­byF

Rain­storms, strong winds, cold temps and maybe snow are fore­cast for the week­end, af­ter a stretch of sunny weather, clear skies and icy roads.

Af­ter a stormy start to the week, San Luis Obispo County saw clear skies, chilly tem­per­a­tures and icy roads that had many reach­ing for their ice scrap­ers and mit­tens.

So what’s next for the Cen­tral Coast?

Here’s a hint: It’s wet and falls from the sky.

More rain is on the way be­gin­ning Fri­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to PG&E me­te­o­rol­o­gist John Lind­sey.

A low-pres­sure sys­tem and a cold front are fore­cast to move into SLO County on Fri­day, pro­duc­ing in­creas­ing southerly winds and clouds Fri­day morn­ing and rain by Fri­day af­ter­noon, Lind­sey said.

The heav­i­est rain and strong­est winds are fore­cast to ar­rive Fri­day night, and wet weather is ex­pected to con­tinue into Satur­day morn­ing, Lind­sey said. The area is ex­pected to re­ceive to­tal rain­fall amounts rang­ing be­tween 0.75 and 1.5 inches.

The rain should clear up by Satur­day af­ter­noon, but clouds will in­crease again Satur­day night as an­other low-pres­sure sys­tem moves into the area, Lind­sey said.

Rain is ex­pected to douse the Cen­tral Coast on Sun­day morn­ing, but rain­fall amounts are fore­cast to be lower than the sys­tem on Fri­day and Satur­day, Lind­sey said.

How­ever, colder tem­per­a­tures and pre­cip­i­ta­tion with that storm sys­tem could lead to more snow on some of SLO County’s moun­tain peaks, Lind­sey said.

“I think this sys­tem will have a lit­tle more mois­ture to play with and won’t be quite so dry,” Lind­sey said. “Those two fac­tors com­bined could mean more snow ac­cu­mu­la­tion on moun­tain peaks.”

Mon­day and Tues­day are ex­pected to be dry and chilly, with overnight low tem­per­a­tures in the up­per 20s and 30s, Lind­sey said.

How­ever, a “ma­jor” storm as­so­ci­ated with an at­mo­spheric river is ex­pected to bring heavy rain to the Cen­tral Coast next Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, Lind­sey said. Along with rain, the sys­tem is also ex­pected to see some strong winds at speeds rang­ing from 39 to 54 mph with gusts up to 60 mph, Lind­sey said.

Wet weather is ex­pected to con­tinue on Feb. 15, through Feb. 17.

And that’s not all. Lon­grange models are show­ing rain through at least Feb. 22, Lind­sey said, though he stressed that those are long-range models and are sub­ject to change.

“It’s show­ing rain al­most ev­ery sin­gle day through the 22nd,” Lind­sey said. “It just looks like rain, rain, rain.”



PG&E me­te­o­rol­o­gist John Lind­sey

JOE JOHN­STON jjohn­[email protected]­bune­

Frost cov­ers the ground early Thurs­day morn­ing in Santa Mar­garita.

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Frost cov­ers plants on the edge of Atas­cadero Lake on Thurs­day morn­ing.

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