Second storm of the week hitting SLO County this morning

The second in a series of five storms this week is now washing ashore, bringing rainfall throughout San Luis Obispo County.

Local forecaster John Lindsey says the frontal band of the system – the main thrust of the low-pressure area – will come in from the Pacific Ocean and cross over the county from 9 to 11 this morning.

This storm will produce between 1 to 2 inches of rain today along the coast and up to 4 inches in the mountains.

The storm will also be colder than the one that doused the county on Monday. As a result, the air will be more unstable, Lindsey says, and thunder and some lightning are possible this afternoon and evening.

Temperatures countywide will warm only into the low-to-mid 50s today. Overnight lows will be in the 40s to low 50s.

Winds will again be strong, blowing from the south at 32 to 46 mph at the coast.

All of today’s action, however, is a precursor to Wednesday, when the biggest storm of the series is expected. Lindsey says it will pack gale force winds with gusts near 65 mph at the coast. It is forecast to drop between 2 to 3 inches along the coast and up to 6 inches in the mountains.

--Tad Weber