Scat­tered show­ers will fall on SLO this week­end, then winds

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY SCOTT MIDDLECAMP smid­dle­[email protected]­bune­ Scott Middlecamp: 805-781-7897, sd­mid­dle­camp

Warmer weather is com­ing to the Cen­tral Coast — but not be­fore more rain.

A weak weather sys­tem will pass through the area Satur­day night into Sun­day af­ter­noon. The sys­tem is not ex­pected to be very strong, ac­cord­ing to PG&E me­te­o­rol­o­gist John Lind­sey, but should pro­duce partly cloudy skies and scat­tered show­ers.

The nu­cleus of the low­pres­sure sys­tem will be off shore, spar­ing the Cen­tral Coast from the bulk of the rain. Lind­sey said resid­ual mois­ture will cre­ate ar­eas of dense night and morn­ing fog.

Clouds will build Satur­day, bring­ing scat­tered show­ers through the af­ter­noon into the night. The high tem­per­a­tures for the week­end will only reach the mid-50s, and snow lev­els could reach 2,500 feet on Satur­day into Sun­day.

Only light snow is ex­pected for those el­e­va­tions. Lows will reach up­per 30s and low 40s at night be­fore fair and dry weather re­turns Mon­day, with day­time highs reach­ing up­per 50s to low 60s.

A quick-mov­ing cold front is ex­pected to bring an­other round of light show­ers and moun­tain snow Tues­day. The front will be fol­lowed by north­west­erly mod­er­ate gale­force to fresh gale force winds at 32 to 46 mph along the coast­line from Tues­day into Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to Lind­sey.

The show­ers will give way to partly cloudy skies and dry weather, with tem­per­a­tures slowly ris­ing.

Along the North Coast, High­way 1 re­opened through Big Sur on Fri­day af­ter­noon fol­low­ing a multi-day clo­sure caused by storm dam­age and slide ac­tiv­ity.

The agency closed the road­way be­tween Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek on Tues­day for trav­eler safety ahead of rain storms. The road re­opened at Paul’s Slide on Thurs­day, but re­mained closed near Mud Creek while cleanup con­tin­ued.

Cal­trans has been closing por­tions of High­way 1 rou­tinely dur­ing the rain sea­son as a pre­cau­tion fol­low­ing ma­jor land­slides that wiped out part of the road­way dur­ing the win­ter of 2016 and 2017.

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