Cool and mostly cloudy conditions on Friday, along with misting and patchy drizzle, will be followed by a significant storm on New Year's Eve. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected on Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening, along with strong, gusty winds.
The strong southwesterly winds will follow the storm for much of Saturday. A High Wind Warning will be in place from 7am until 6pm Saturday for San Luis Obispo County Mountains, and will be in effect from 10am until 8pm on Saturday for Ventura County Mountains. A Wind Advisory will be in place from 10am until 6pm Saturday for San Luis Obispo County beaches, valleys, and mountains, along with Santa Barbara's Central Coast and valleys.
Due to the stormy conditions, another High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service. It will be in effect from 10pm on Saturday until 12pm on Monday. This is for San Luis Obispo County beaches, the Central Coast, and Ventura County Beaches. Dangerous rip currents are expected and it is best to avoid the area for the time being.
While New Year's Eve will be stormy, it will be followed by a dry New Year's Day. However, there is more rain in the forecast for the first full week of 2023. The chance of rain returns Monday afternoon and will linger until Thursday of next week.