The light rain that began Friday night was just a precursor to a series of storms expected over the next week that will bring more needed precipitation to San Luis Obispo County.
“A classic Central Coast wet winter pattern appears to be developing in the eastern Pacific, with weather systems passing over our area at two-to-three-day intervals,” said John Lindsey, a local forecaster who has lived on the Central Coast for more than 20 years.
The storm that arrived Friday evening was forecast to bring light showers to the coast, while the inland areas were to receive little, if any, rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.
Lindsey expected a quarter- to a half-inch of rain to fall.
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Today will start with a chance of showers, then skies will turn to partly cloudy by the afternoon.
Another storm arriving Sunday morning will bring a new chance for rain, though the weather service expects totals to be light.
The forecast for Monday and Tuesday is for slight chances of rain.
But Lindsey said moderate to heavy rains will occur Wednesday when yet another system washes ashore from the Pacific.
And a storm next Friday and Saturday could bring the “potential for very heavy rain,” said Lindsey, a media relations representative for Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
All the precipitation will add to above-normal totals for seasonal rainfall in San Luis Obispo.
Earlier this month the city exceeded its annual average of 24.36 inches.
As of midday Friday, San Luis Obispo had received 24.55 inches of rain for the season, which began July 1 and will end June 30.
For the coming seven days, daytime highs will be in the high 50s to low 60s, with overnight lows in the 40s.