Warm temperatures expected across SLO County on this last day of winter

Partly cloudy skies and slightly above normal high temperatures are expected across San Luis Obispo County today, according to forecasters.

The high in San Luis Obispo should be near 70, while in Paso Robles it will warm to 74 degrees. The coast will have highs in the mid-60s.

Tuesday marks the final day of winter. Spring officially begins at 4:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Wednesday. Also known as the vernal equinox, the first day of spring marks the date when there are nearly equal amounts of daylight and nighttime. Going forward, days will get longer and nights shorter heading to the summer solstice in June, the longest day of the year.

Sunshine may not be that visible on Wednesday: Clouds will be more abundant as a weak storm system arrives but washes out of the region. Local PG&E forecaster John Lindsey says a few isolated showers might fall, but that less than a tenth of inch of rain is expected.

Sunny, windy conditions are forecast for Thursday and into the weekend, he said.

A chance for rain near the end of the month now appears to be slipping away in the latest computer models, Lindsey said. What might result is a drier-than-normal March in a winter that has had below-normal rain on the Central Coast.