Partly cloudy skies and a few sprinkles and light rain showers may develop in the Santa Ynez Valley on Thursday into Friday as an area of low pressure is expected to tap into some subtropical moisture as it nears the California coast.

Given the source of the moisture and origin of the low-pressure system, this low is not expected to be as cold as the previous storm and will result in only slightly cooler daytime highs, mild overnight lows and higher-snow levels.

Another but much stronger storm system may produce moderate gale-force to fresh gale-force, 32 to 46 mph southerly winds, with gusts to 55 mph, along the coastline and moderate to heavy rainfall as an atmospheric river event may develop Saturday into Monday, Total rainfall amounts are expected to range between 1.5 and 3 inches.

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

40/69 44/66 40/65 41/66 40/65 38/67 36/68

Seawater Temperatures

Coastal ocean water temperatures will range between 54 and 56 degrees through Sunday.

Surf Report

A 4- to 6-foot northwesterly deep-water swell, with an 8- to 17-second period, is forecast along our coastline Thursday into Saturday morning.

Increasing southerly winds will generate 8- to 10-foot southerly shallow-water seas Saturday night, increasing to 9 to 11 feet on Sunday.

An 11- to 13-foot west-northwesterly deep-water swell, with a 15- to 17-second period, will arrive along our coastline next Monday and Tuesday.

Your Weekly PG&E Safety Tip

Always remember to consider downed power lines still active. Stay away from the lines and keep others away from them, as well.

Call 911 immediately to report the location of a downed line. After reporting the line, call Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Residential Customer Service Center toll-free at 800-743-5000.

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


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