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April showers: Rain, chance of thunderstorms to return to the Central Coast

A woman watches the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas in January under the protection of an umbrella.
A woman watches the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas in January under the protection of an umbrella. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Consider putting your sunscreen and beach towels back in the closet this weekend — rain is on the way.

While clear skies and mild temperatures have been the norm for the past week or so, the marine layer will redevelop Wednesday night, leading to a transition day Thursday, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.

On Thursday, the Central Coast can expect increasing clouds and southerly winds as two cold fronts move toward the area, Lindsey said. The first cold front will hit Friday morning, bringing winds at speeds between 32 and 46 mph, heavy rain and a chance of thunderstorms.

From Friday night into Saturday morning, a second cold front will produce more rain, wind and a chance of thunderstorms, Lindsey said. Scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms will continue into Saturday afternoon.

Rainfall totals are predicted to range between 1.5 and 3 inches, Lindsey said, and dry weather is forecast to return Sunday into next Tuesday.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

The Monterey County Water Resources Agency was releasing water from Lake Nacimiento’s main spillway as part of its effort to maintain flood control space in the reservoir. The lake was at 87 percent capacity on Monday, February 27, 2017.

An ominously tilting tree falls on a car at the front of a caravan of vehicles heading through Morro Bay Golf Course on February 17, 2017, during a strong wind and rain storm that also caused damage at Morro Bay State Park. Giancarlo Cucumo of Cay

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