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Mother’s Day weekend forecast

Gusty winds are expected tonight through Sunday for the Santa Barbara South Coast and mountains. A wind advisory is in place through 3AM Saturday. Marine layer clouds and fog will affect most coastal areas and adjacent valleys during the night and morning hours through next Friday. Afternoon temperatures will be near normal through early next week then will warm through mid week. This weekend expect highs in the mid 60s to mid 70s along the coast, and 80s inland.

Low clouds persisted along portions of the coast South of Point Conception until late Friday afternoon, this kept temperatures mild in the mid 60s to low 70s for both the coast and valleys.

An upper level trough moving through the area this afternoon will help to sharply increase northwest to north winds across the Santa Barbara South Coast and mountains.  A wind advisory in place for the Santa Barbara South Coast and mountains until 3AM Saturday and for Ventura County mountains from 8PM Friday until 9AM Saturday.

The upper level trough will move east of the region tonight with flat upper ridging and a broad northwest flow aloft expected over the region on Saturday. Low clouds are expected to move into the coast and valleys of the South Coast into Saturday morning, by the late morning most of the cloud cover will dissipate. Temperatures on Saturday will be a couple degrees warmer overall.  Highs on Saturday should be in the 60s to low 70s along the coast and 80s in the valleys.

Most coast and valleys should have breezy to gusty onshore winds Saturday afternoon into the evening. Lingering northerly gradients across Santa Barbara County should bring another round of gusty north canyon winds to this area Saturday evening, with some gusts possibly to near advisory levels at times.

Mother's Day will bring cloud cover once again in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon, for the Santa Barbara South Coast the cloud coer will be thick in the morning.  Temperatures will be comfortable on Sunday in the mid 60s to mid 70s at the coast and 80s inland.

Little change in the forecast for next week with morning cloud cover and afternoon sunshine expected to stay.

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Kelsey Gerckens

Kelsey Gerckens is chief meteorologist for NewsChannel 3-12. To learn more about Kelsey, click here.

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