Widespread sun, fun predicted for SLO County on Christmas

Christmas Day will be bright and sunny, with weather just perfect for kids to try out new bikes and games brought by Santa.

San Luis Obispo County meteorologist John Lindsey said in his Monday forecast that offshore winds will blow overnight, leading to a cool, clear start to Tuesday. Clouds will begin building up during the afternoon, but not before children have lots of time to play.

The next chance for rain occurs Christmas night, when the next storm system from Northern California is expected to drop south to the Central Coast. It will bring light showers, with no more than a quarter inch of rain expected, Lindsey said.

Further east, snow will be widespread in the Sierra and continue through Wednesday.

The Central Coast will have strong winds on Wednesday, and with daytime temperatures only in the mid-50s to low 60s, it will feel   cold, Lindsey noted.

Winds will ease by Thursday, leading to clear skies and colder overnight temperatures.   The North County will be near freezing Thursday and Friday nights.

A final round of rain could come Saturday night before clear conditions return, and Lindsey said sunny skies should prevail during New Year’s week.

Here are selected rainfall totals compiled by Lindsey. The first number is for 24 hours covering Sunday into Monday. The second is the storm total since Friday:

Arroyo Grande:  0.29"     1.27"

Atascadero:   0.93"     1.49"

Cal Poly  0.81"     2.88"

Cambria  0.78"     2.04" 

  Los Osos   0.23"     0.92"

  Nipomo   1.18"     1.85"

  Paso Robles Airport 0.31"     1.18"

  Pismo Beach at Larry's Home   0.50"     1.03"

  Santa Margarita Fire Department  1.72"     3.50"

  San Luis Obispo County Airport  0.71"     1.55"

  San Simeon  0.87"     1.93"

  Shandon.  0.20"     0.56"

  Shell Beach 0.50"     1.01"

  Templeton  0.98"     1.93"