There is still a risk of flooding and possibly of debris flow around recent burn scars, particularly the Alisal scar. A flood advisory has been extended for Ventura County until 11:00 am Thursday. Flood advisories for other parts of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties have been allowed to expire.
In addition, a coastal flood advisory is in effect at the Central Coast and Ventura County beaches until 1:00 pm Friday. Expect minor flooding issues along with beach erosion.
A flood watch is now in effect through 6:00 pm Thursday for all three counties. If you encounter roadway flooding, turn around and do not enter the water.
Temperatures are dropping a tad cooler Thursday as the storm continues to roll through California. However, the worst of it is ending for our region by mid-morning. Highs will be in the mid 50s to low 60s.
An atmospheric river is moving further south, but light to moderate rain showers will follow through most of the day.
By the storm end, we are expecting 2 to 4 inches across coastal areas, plus 4 to 8 inches on south-facing mountain slopes. Snow may continue with 4 to 8 inches expected above 6,500 feet, and 1 to 2 feet above 7,500 feet. There is a winter storm warning in effect for the Ventura County mountains until 10:00 pm Thursday.
Southerly winds will continue, but lighten up as the day goes on. The high wind warning has expired, and advisories have been allowed to end early as the storm is moving more quickly than anticipated out of the region.
A high surf advisory is in effect on the Central and Ventura Coasts, upgrading at 6:00 am Thursday. Likewise, an advisory on the South Coast from 6:00 am Thursday to 6:00 pm Friday. Breaking waves will be up to 12 feet and rip currents will be very strong.
A high surf warning picks up for the Central and Ventura Coasts from 6:00 am Thursday to 10:00 am Friday. Waves will be 16 to 22 feet, and 12 to 16 feet respectively. Local sets may even be a few feet higher.
Ridging will follow the storm Friday. Conditions will dry up for a quick break. Skies will brighten up with better clearing.
However, the dry period will be short-lived. A series of storms entering the Pacific Northwest will send cold fronts into California this weekend, bringing a slight chance of rain to our part of region. A stronger system arrives Monday and Tuesday with potentially a few more inches of rain.