Areas around San Luis Obispo County have received between one-quarter and 2 inches of rain this week, and more is on the way.
Scattered showers and winds between 13 and 24 mph will continue Thursday afternoon, said John Lindsey, meteorologist at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Temperatures over the next several days will be on the cool side, with highs in the 40s to low 50s and lows in the 30s to low 40s.
Heavy snow is expected in the Sierra through Saturday, with snow levels near 3,000 feet in the north and 4,500 feet in the south.
Periods of moderate to heavy rain and strong to gale force winds - 25 to 38 mph - are forecast through Friday, Lindsey said.
Rain should turn to showers by Saturday morning, ending by the afternoon.
Rainfall totals with the system should range between 1 and 1.5 inches in the North County, 1.5 to 2.5 inches in San Luis Obispo and the beaches and 2.5 to 5 inches along the coastal mountains.
A break in the weather is expected Saturday through Monday, Lindsey said. Another storm could arrive Monday into Tuesday with wind, moderate rain and low snow levels.
Cool and dry weather is forecast the rest of next week.
Rainfall totals as of 5 p.m. Wednesday:
|Atascadero, Heilmann Regional Park||0.59|
|Atascadero, Micky's Home||0.67|
|Atascadero, NW Side||0.79|
|Camp San Luis||0.91|
|Cottontail Creek near Cayucos||1.2|
|Condor Lookout Los Padres National Forest||0.91|
|Creston at Rich's Home||0.3|
|Davis Peak, north of Avila Beach||0.79|
|Hog Canyon near Paso Robles||0.24|
|Islay Hill, San Luis Obispo||0.68|
|Las Tablas Fire Station||1.38|
|Los Osos George's Home||0.47|
|Oak Shores at Jim's House||1|
|Paul's House (41 West & Toro Creek)||1.12|
|Paso Robles Airport||0.26|
|PG&E Energy Education Center||0.45|
|Shell Beach Daniels in Sunset Palisades||0.49|
|Santa Margarita Fire Department||0.81|
|San Luis Obispo Water Reclamation Facility||0.83|
|Santa Maria Public Airport||0.31|
|San Luis Obispo County Airport||0.61|
|Shandon, CDF Yard||0.24|
|Source: John Lindsey|