Stronger storm on its way to SLO County

Rainy conditions overnight have produced more precipitation than forecasters initially expected.

John Lindsey, a forecaster with more than 20 years of weather-watching experience on the Central Coast, gathers rain amounts from a network of volunteers throughout the area.

Totals as of 8 a.m. this morning range from 0.40 in Cambria to a third of an inch in Arroyo Grande and Atascadero to less than a tenth of an inch in Paso Robles.

Today’s forecast calls for showers to taper off by the afternoon. High temperatures will be near 70 degrees in the North County and San Luis Obispo and the 60s along the coastline.

A stronger storm system will arrive Wednesday, Lindsey says, “bringing fresh to strong (19-to-31 mph) southeasterly winds and periods of moderate to heavy rain. Scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms are then expected on Wednesday afternoon and evening before decreasing overnight.”

An inch of rain can be expected across most of the county, he said; the mountains could receive up to 2 inches.

Warm, sunny weather returns Friday and continues through the weekend, with highs in the 70s and 80s.

24-hour rainfall totals as of 8 a.m. today

Rain station Precipitation
Arroyo Grande 0.31"
Atascadero 0.08"
Atascadero, Micky's Home 0.33"
Baywood Park 0.11"
Cambria 0.32"
Camp San Luis 0.18"
Condor Lookout Los Padres National Forest 0.20"
Diablo Canyon 0.16"
Islay Hill, San Luis Obispo, CA 0.15"
Las Tablas, CalFire 0.14"
Nipomo 0.07"
Morro Bay, at Rich's Home 0.08"
Paso Robles Airport 0.08"
Pismo Beach 0.20"
PG&E Energy Education Center 0.26"
Santa Margarita Fire Department 0.17"
Santa Maria Public Airport 0.10"
San Luis Obispo County Airport 0.19"
San Simeon, Walt's Home 0.40"
Shandon 0.07"
SLOWeather.com 0.14"
Sunset Palisades 0.31"
Walter Ranch 0.52"