Rain expected to clear for a few days before returning nearly every day next week

Big waves at the Pismo Beach Pier on Jan. 13, 2010.
Big waves at the Pismo Beach Pier on Jan. 13, 2010.

A cold front with moderate to heavy rain passed over San Luis Obispo County overnight.

Rain amounts ranged from about a quarter-inch to more than one inch across the county, according to John Lindsey, meteorologist at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

A few scattered rain showers are expected this morning before tapering off by this afternoon. High temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s throughout the area. Overnight lows should range between the upper 30s to mid 40s.

Fog and low clouds are expected to return to the North County on Thursday, Lindsey said. Coastal valleys and the beaches should remain mostly clear.

Temperatures on Friday should reach the mid 70s.

Light rain is expected Saturday before clearing by Sunday.

Stormy weather is expected all next week, Lindsey said.

A major storm is expected to arrive Monday and last into Tuesday. The storm could include periods of heavy rain and winds between 25 to 38 mph, with gusts over 45 mph.

Moderate to strong storm systems are forecast for the area nearly every day next week, Lindsey said, producing copious amounts of rain along the Central Coast and heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada mountains.