Here is this week’s weather forecast by PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.
A strong 1,031 millbar area of high pressure will move in behind Sunday’s front and will produce a steep pressure gradient along the California coast. This pressure gradient will create moderate gale-force to fresh gale-force (32 to 46 mph) north to northwesterly winds with gust to 60 mph along the coastline Sunday evening into Monday morning. (Cold and blustery indeed!) Snow levels will drop to around 2,500 and 3,000 feet by Monday night with a chance for some snow accumulation to reach down into the higher mountains of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Sunday night.
Windy and dry conditions are expected Monday afternoon with cool daytime highs in the 50s followed by chilly overnight lows in the 30s to low 40s overnight into Tuesday morning with dense valley fog possible across the North County and San Joaquin Valley as the Santa Lucia winds develop during night and morning hours. Showers could return by Tuesday afternoon as a weak weather system slides through the area with the highest probability being along elevated coastal terrain. Otherwise, dry conditions will continue into Super Bowl weekend with near to slightly below-normal temperatures.
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Post-frontal moderate gale-force to fresh gale-force (32 to 46 mph) northwesterly winds with gust to 60 mph will develop along the coastline and will generate a 14 to 16 foot northwesterly (310 degree, deep water) sea and swell (with a 5- to 11-second period) Sunday night into Monday morning. This northwesterly sea and swell will decrease to 9 to 11 feet by Monday night.
A 5 to 7 foot northwesterly (295 degree, deep water) swell (with an 8- to 18- second period) is forecast along our coastline Tuesday into Wednesday. An 8 to 10 foot west-northwesterly (285 degree, deep water) swell (with an 18- to 20-second period) is forecast along our coastline Thursday into Friday, decreasing to 5 to 7 feet (with a 14- to 16-second period) Saturday. The longer-range models are indicating a high energy west-southwesterly swell arriving along our coastline February 10.
Seawater temperatures will range between 56 and 57 degrees through Sunday night, decreasing to 52 and 54 degrees Monday into Tuesday.
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