A 966-millibar low-pressure system and cold front off the Northern California coastline that brought strong to gale-force, 25 to 38 mph southerly winds and moderate rain Wednesday is expected to bring total rainfall amounts ranging between 0.33 and 0.75 of an inch.

Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada will be higher with this storm, mostly around the 5,500- and 7,000-foot range.

A break in the rain is forecast Thursday before another storm brings wet and unsettled weather Friday into Sunday.

Long-range models show the potential for additional storms next week.

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

51/60 43/63 50/57 47/57 48/56 47/57 45/58

Seawater Temperatures

Pacific Ocean waters will range between 57 and 59 degrees into Sunday.

Surf Report

A 15- to 17-foot westerly deep-water swell, with a 16- to 18-second period, along our coastline Wednesday will decrease to 10 to 12 feet Thursday.

Increasing southerly seas are forecast Friday, followed by a 9- to 11-foot westerly deep-water swell, with an 8- to 16-second period, Saturday and Sunday.

An 11- to 13-foot northwesterly deep-water swell, with an 18- to 20-second period, is forecast along our coastline Monday.

High swell conditions will continue through next week.

Your Weekly PG&E Safety Tip

Be prepared for stormy weather by having battery-operated flashlights and radios ready with fresh batteries to listen for updates on storm conditions and power outages.

Also, have a standard telephone or fully charged cell phone ready as a backup in case the power fails.

Fill plastic containers with water and freeze them into blocks of ice that can be moved to your refrigerator to keep food from spoiling during a power outage. Open the refrigerator door as little as possible to retain the cold air inside.

John Lindsey is Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant marine meteorologist and a media relations representative. Email him at pgeweather@pge.com or follow him on Twitter @PGE_John.

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