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Thursday evening forecast – Dec. 12th

Temperatures will be a few degrees above normal through Friday under partly cloudy skies. Large westerly swell will bring high surf through the weekend. Light rain and snow is expected Saturday into early Sunday in mountain areas. Areas of gusty northerly winds will persist through early next week.

Thursday we enjoyed our warmest day since Thanksgiving with temperatures above average primarily in the upper 60s to low 70s under mostly sunny skies 

Another nice day on tap Friday, with similar temperatures to today.  Expecting some locally gusty northerly winds especially in southern Santa Barbara County but for now below advisory levels.

Temperatures will come crashing down below normal again over the weekend as a cold front pushes through Saturday night and clouds increase. The trough isn't taking a favorable path for precipitation in most of our area as northwest flow will continue to dominate through the period. However, that will favor the north facing slopes from the grapevine to the Cuyama Valley as well as southeast San Luis Obispo County. Best precipitation chances will be from northern Ventura County from late Saturday through early Sunday. Amounts are expected to be minimal.

Dry, breezy, and cool weather expected Sunday with gusty northerly winds continuing, strongest in the mountains. 

Temperatures are expected to be seasonable for the beginning of the work week.  Our next chance of measurable rain looks like it will come middle to end of next week and temperatures will drop at that time into the low 60s.

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