Hope everyone in SoCal has enjoyed the fairly ‘cool’ weather this past week as these gusty winds begin to continue through the weekend with higher temperatures also being expected due to a building high pressure. Things will stay relatively warm through Monday with some fluctuations before an upper level trough takes over to cool the region once again. There might be some chances of rain for the Central Coast, but it’s not too likely at this point. Highs in the 70′s (80′s for interior valleys), lows in the 50′s, gusty winds at times otherwise light for the most part, and clear/partly cloudy skies.
There is a slight risk associated with this system right now with a 5% chance for winds greater than 50 mph, 5% for hail greater than an inch in diameter, and 5% for possible tornadoes/waterspouts for parts of Southern California. Make sure stay to say safe because there are already roads that are flooded and the storm is not even half over.
This is it, the wet weather begins today as two systems start to track into Southern California and should last through the weekend. Other than some mist right now, the rain should not start until early afternoon for the Central Coast then by tonight for Los Angeles and San Diego. Amounts for the first system (today through early tomorrow) should be around a quarter-half an inch in most areas with the Central Coast and foothills getting around 2 inches. The second more intense system (late tomorrow lasting much of the weekend) will bring in more than an inch to most areas with locally heavier precip getting around 3 inches by the time the system move out. Snow levels will drop to 6500 ft for the first system and to 5500 ft for the second with some heavy snow at times. Highs in the 60′s, lows in the lower 50′s/upper 40′s, locally gusty winds for near mountain passes at times but otherwise light for the most part, and mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms.
Other than some low clouds, Southern California will experience fair weather through Wednesday. However, come Wednesday night a series of low pressure systems will be bringing wet weather to the region through the weekend. The first system (around Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday) will bring in about 1/2 an inch of rain as well as some snow for mountains above 6500 feet. The second and more significant system (very late Thursday through Saturday) is going to be considered the biggest rain storm of the year (maybe even in the last few years) will usher in rain totals over an inch to many areas with some possibly getting even 4 inches for the foothills and mountains. I’ll update again on these systems in a few days to see if there is any change, but the models have been consistent in that we will be getting some much needed rain! Yay! For now, highs in lower 70′s/upper 60′s, lows in the lower 50′s/upper 40′s, light winds for the most part, and partly cloudy skies.
Today, things will warm back up for Southern California as the upper level ridge dominates the weather to also bring strong winds for the region. The stronger winds should die down by this evening, but the warmer than normal temperatures should continue into Saturday. After that the ridge will break down and things will begin to cool. There looks to be some rain in the forecast for late next week, but we all know how well long-term forecasts do. Highs in the lower 80′s/upper 70′s, lows in the 50′s, locally gusty winds today but light for the most part, and partly cloudy skies.
Looks like fairly normal weather for this time of year is expected through the week in Southern California with only the deficit of precipitation still being a problem (for much of the Western United States included). The only real major weather story will be locally gusty winds for near mountain passes. Other issues will be some large swells for the Central Coast tonight getting possibly up to 14 feet as well as some coastal fog for the nighttime hours. I don’t see much of any rain in the forecast for the SoCal region anytime soon. Highs in the 70′s/upper 60′s, lows in the 50′s, light winds for the most part, and mostly clear/partly cloudy skies.
Things will be heating up on this Valentine’s day. An upper level high will bring above normal temperatures for Southern California through much of the weekend. Sunday will see a shift to cooler, more normal weather which should last through most of the week with a small chance of rain late next week. Other than some fog near the Central Coast (small chance of rain as well, but not likely here), there is no real weather story other than that we are in extreme (and exceptional) drought right now so make sure to best conserve your water as best as possible. Highs in the 80′s/upper 70′s, lows in the 50′s, light winds for the most part, and mostly clear/partly cloudy skies.