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Monday evening forecast – Feb. 3rd

Monday brought cool and windy conditions.  The gusty conditions have calmed down quite a bit but it will still be windy at times.  Highs today were chilly in the mid 50s to low 60s.  Tonight it will be very cool with freezing and near freezing temperatures.

A Freeze Warning is in effect for the Central Coast and the South Coast from 1AM - 9AM on Tuesday and then mostly likely will go back into effect for our Wednesday morning, as temperatures continue to dip to below and near freezing.  A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for all of our valleys starting at 10 Monday night and then continuing until 10AM Tuesday. The coldest spots like the interior valleys of San Luis Obispo County are expected to get into the teens while the Santa Ynez Valley will get into the mid 20s.

The north wind event from last night is in the process of transitioning to a traditional Santa Ana event tonight into Tuesday and in some areas (mountains mainly) Wednesday. The winds will have a moderating effect on the temps across parts of Ventura counties but less so on Wednesday as winds will be weaker and more isolated. So in those areas (such as the Oxnard Coastal plain and some of the valleys) Wednesday will be the coldest morning.

Tuesday's highs will still be below average in the mid 50s in the valleys to low 60s at the coast.

High pressure will start nudging into the area Wednesday and this will lead to a slow warming trend through the end of the week. Daytime highs should reach normal levels in many areas by Wednesday and possibly slightly above normal Thursday.

The slow warmup will continue through Saturday before a trough dropping out of the Gulf of Alaska will turn gradients strongly onshore later Sunday into Monday. 

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