A late-season storm could bring some desperately needed rain and possibly thunderstorms to the Central Coast starting Thursday through Friday morning.
Total rainfall amounts could range from a quarter to three-quarters of an inch, according to local forecaster John Lindsey, a PG&E meteorologist.
The central and southern Sierra Nevada will see snow above 5,500 feet.
While this storm alone will not put a dent in the drought, every little bit does help.
“At this time of the year there may not be much in the way of runoff,” Lindsey said. “The plants and trees are going to suck it up. But it will keep people’s landscaping irrigated; it will knock the dust down.
“Any rain that we get is really welcome, regardless,” he added.
About 93 percent of the state is currently classified as being in a severe drought or worse, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Around 46 percent currently sits in an exceptional drought, the strongest category given.
“Rain and snow this time of the year does not happen too often, and it will be nice to see some,” AccuWeather.com meteorologist Ken Clark said in an email update from the weather forecasting website.
The first three months of 2015 brought unprecedented warm temperatures to the area, Lindsey said, but the county is now experiencing a more normal weather pattern.
Lindsey said the low-pressure system will exit the Central Coast on Friday afternoon, leaving strong winds and clearing skies in its wake. The weather pattern toward the end of next week looks unsettled, and there could be another chance of rain, he said.
San Luis Obispo County last saw measurable rainfall on May 7-8, when many Central Coast weather reporting stations recorded a few hundreds of an inch of rain over 24 hours. The Paso Robles Airport reported the most at 0.15 inches.
Scattered rain showers April 25 brought as much as a half inch of rain to a few parts of the county; several areas received about a quarter of an inch.