Rainy weather expected to return to SLO County on Friday

Special to The TribuneDecember 26, 2012 

The cold front that produced the rain on Christmas night has moved southeast of San Luis Obispo County, but the 1,007 millibar low-pressure system associated with the front will hang around through the day producing scattered showers, a chance for thunderstorms, and more snow for the mountains.

Most of the shower activity will occur into early afternoon. Snow levels continue to be rather low and around 3,500 feet. Showers will end tonight with partial clearing overnight with colder temperatures.

Thursday will be a partly to mostly sunny after some morning fog across the North County with temperatures about the same or slightly warmer with most San Luis Obispo County locations ranging between in the mid-50s and low 60s. Overnight lows Thursday will drop into the high 20s in the North County, with upper 30s closer to the coast.

Friday morning will be mostly clear, then clouds will increase Friday afternoon as another area of low pressure approaches the Central Coast. Showers will develop on Friday night into Saturday with light snow across the Sierra. Showers will probably end on Saturday night with only a few lingering showers on Sunday morning.

Sunday should be a dry day with a clear and cold night expected on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Dry weather should continue early next week with the next chance for precipitation around next Thursday. Any precipitation that falls should be generally light as the area of low pressure will generally be weak. Dry weather is then expected to return over the following weekend with continued dry weather into the second week of 2013.

Rainfall totals

Here's a look at how much it's rained in the last 24 hours as well as during the entire storm, which started Friday. Rainfall totals are as of 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Location24-hour totalStorm total
Arroyo Grande0.59"1.86"
Atascadero at Micky's Home0.53"2.55"
Atop Prefumo Canyon Road0.84"6.14"
Avila Beach at Mary's Home0.62"1.61"
Baywood Park0.30"1.23"
Cal Poly0.33"3.21"
Camp San Luis0.39"1.69"
Condor Lookout Los Padres National Forest0.40"3.92"
Cottontail at Bill's Home1.05"5.15"
Creston at Windrose Farm0.36"1.15"
Creston at Rich's Home0.39"1.25"
Davis Peak0.75"3.98"
Diablo Canyon0.92"2.46"
Hog Canyon near Paso Robles0.24"1.53"
Islay Hill, San Luis Obispo, CA0.56"1.72"
Los Osos0.32"1.24"
Mission College Prep High School0.71"3.81"
Morro Bay at Rich's House0.19"1.16"
Oceano at Tom's Home0.63"1.18"
Oak Shores at Jim's Home0.25"1.87"
Paso Robles Airport0.25"1.43"
Paul's House (41 W. & Toro Creek)0.80"4.10"
PG&E Energy Education Center0.63"1.98"
Pismo Beach at Larry's Home0.52"1.55"
Rocky Butte0.91"6.86"
Port San Luis Lighthouse0.33"1.00"
Santa Margarita Fire Department0.69"4.19"
Santa Maria Public Airport0.41"1.39"
San Luis Obispo County Airport0.71"1.55"
San Simeon0.63"2.56"
See Canyon at Creekside Farms0.86"2.98"
Shell Beach at Marv's Home0.63"1.62"
Vandenberg AFB0.30"1.15"

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