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Bundle up: Colder weather — and possible mountain snow — coming to SLO County

Snow could be seen on the Santa Lucia Mountains from Cambria on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Another light dusting of snow is expected Sunday, March 5, 2017.
Snow could be seen on the Santa Lucia Mountains from Cambria on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Another light dusting of snow is expected Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Enjoy the sunshine while you can: Snow and more rain could be on the way to San Luis Obispo County.

A fast-moving cold front — brought on by a cold upper-level, lower-pressure system and upper-level winds — is forecast to cause temperatures to dip as low as the 40s or 50s in most areas of the county Sunday, PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey said.

That cold front will likely usher in additional rainfall — Lindsey predicted the county will receive between 0.25 and 0.33 inches of rain — and snow.

A light dusting of snow, no more than an inch, will accumulate on the mountains as low as 2,500 feet Sunday, Lindsey said.

Though last week’s snow on the Santa Lucia Mountains melted quickly, Lindsey said this anticipated snowfall will be more persistent because of lower temperatures. But not too persistent. By Wednesday or Thursday, temperatures could reach as high as the 80s because of strong Santa Lucia offshore winds developing.

“Quite a whiplash in weather patterns there, you know,” he said.

Megan Henney: 805-781-7915, @megan_henney

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