Winds whip and rain wets SLO County

Gale-force winds have been whipping San Luis Obispo County Sunday as a storm moves through the Central Coast.

Winds of 44 mph were recorded at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant earlier today, according to John Lindsey, a communications specialist with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and longtime local weather forecaster.

Gusts reached 53 mph at 2:15 p.m., Lindsey said.

The winds come as a band of rain associated with a cold front moves through San Luis Obispo County.

The front was expected to pass through Cambria about 3 p.m., then 4 p.m. in the San Luis Obispo area and 6 p.m. in the South County.

The heaviest rain is expected during the frontal passage, Lindsey said.

Rain is expected to turn into showers by Sunday night, and then an upper-level trough is forecast to pass through the area on Monday, bringing rain and possible thunderstorms.

Dry and mild weather is expected on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures in the low-to-middle 60s, Lindsey said.

More rain or showers are possible next weekend and into the early part of the following week as winter conditions persist well into the middle of April, Lindsey added.