More rain coming to SLO County this week

Scattered showers will bring more moisture Thursday following a low-pressure system Sunday that soaked most of the Central Coast.

A high-pressure ridge will produce partly cloudy to mostly clear and dry weather and near-normal temperatures through Wednesday, according to John Lindsey, PG&E meteorologist.

On Thursday, a cold front will usher in cooler conditions and a tenth of an inch to a quarter-inch of rain, Lindsey said. He predicted more clear, dry weather Friday through Monday.

“Most of the storms coming in are going to stay north” of Big Sur, he said.

On Sunday, most of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County received between a half-inch and an inch of rain.

According to Lindsey, the most rain received during the 24-hour period was 1.41 inches, reported by a homeowner in San Luis Obispo’s Prefumo Canyon neighborhood.

On the other end of the scale, the Hog Canyon rain station in Paso Robles received 0.32 inches, while the Santa Maria Public Airport had 0.17 inches.

“This is the most rain we’ve had since Dec. 22, 2012,” Lindsey said, the last time San Luis Obispo County received more than an inch of rain in one 24-hour period. “That’s just amazing.”

Although the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is advertising below average rainfall for February, March and April, “There’s a chance that we at least come close to those averages for February and March,” Lindsey said.

Normally, San Luis Obispo would receive around 4.61 inches of rain in February and 3.37 inches in March, he said.

“At least it gives us hope that we’re entering more of a normal winter weather pattern,” Lindsey said.