A storm system arriving over San Luis Obispo County on Friday will bring rain and cold air that could mean a dusting of snow in higher elevations, forecasters say.
John Lindsey, who has more than 20 years of experience forecasting the area’s weather, said the next winter storm will bring clouds Friday morning, then rain starting that afternoon and continuing overnight.
“If showers develop early Saturday, there could be snow down to 1,250 feet, including the possibility of snow showers on the Cuesta Grade,” Lindsey said.
Highway 101 north of San Luis Obispo crests the Grade at about 1,500 feet.
The National Weather Service expects even colder temperatures, predicting that the snow level could fall as low as 500 feet across San Luis Obispo County on Saturday.
The storm will move away later that day, but cold air will remain in its wake. The weather service said that frost and freeze advisories could be possible early Sunday, and early-morning temperatures could be in the teens in the North County.
Lindsey doesn’t expect it to be that cold but does foresee the thermometer dropping into the 20s in the North County on Sunday morning. Lows in San Luis Obispo will be in the 30s, he said.