SLO County weather forecast for the week of March 31

Special to The TribuneMarch 30, 2014 

Here is this week’s weather forecast by PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.

Weather report

A cold front is expected to produce strong to gale- force (25- to 38-mph) southerly winds and rain this afternoon through tonight.

A 999-millibar low-pressure system from the Pacific should follow Tuesday morning and is forecast to continue to produce rain showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms through early Wednesday morning.

Total rainfall amounts from Monday afternoon through early Wednesday morning are expected to range between 0.75 and 1.25 inches.

The Sierra should see between 9 and 12 inches of new snow. Snow levels will lower to around 2,500 and 3,500 feet by Monday night, when the heaviest snow is likely to fall.

Skies should gradually clear later Wednesday with warmer daytime temperatures and cool overnight lows. Overnight fog is likely to develop.

Another cold front is expected to produce light rain showers Thursday. However, it appears that most North County locations will remain dry. Fair, windy and dry conditions are likely to return to San Luis Obispo County on Friday through next Monday.

Today’s surf report

Sunday’s 8- to 10-foot northwesterly (300-degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 7- to 13-second period) is expected to decrease to 5 to 7 feet (with an 8- to 13-second period) by this morning.

Increasing southwesterly winds should generate a 5- to 7-foot southwesterly (255-degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 5- to 11-second period) this afternoon and tonight, followed by an 8- to 10-foot northwesterly (290-degree, deep-water) swell Tuesday. This swell is expected to further build to 9 to 11 feet (with an 11- to 13-second period) by Wednesday.

This northwesterly swell should decrease to 5- to 7-feet (with a 7- to
12-second period) Thursday.

Moderate gale-force to fresh gale-force (32- to 46-mph) northwesterly winds along the California coastline should generate a 6- to 8-foot northwesterly (300-degree, deep-water) sea and swell (with a 4- to 14-second period) Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Seawater temperatures

Seawater temperatures should range between 52 and 54 degrees through Thursday, decreasing to 49 and 52 degrees on Friday and remaining at this level through next Monday. 

John Lindsey’s Weekly Forecast is special to The Tribune. His Weather Watch column appears in the Local section Sundays. Email him at

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