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Tracking Strong Winds and Cooler Temperatures Behind a Cold Front Thursday

We officially made it one week into the month of December and it will be feeling like winter as you head out the door. Early morning temperatures are on the cooler side and will struggle to warm into the 60s and 70s for the remainder of the day. A cold front arrives today causing more cloud cover, cooler temperatures and added moisture into the atmosphere. This front brings instability and a long line of showers that extend to the south, we have a slight chance for showers to make it here, but its likely they will remain over the oceans and dissipate before arriving to land. Winds behind the front will pick up significantly this afternoon, most of the Central Coast is under some sort of Wind Advisory. A High Wind Warning goes into effect from 3pm until 6am Friday for the Ventura County Mountains, Santa Ynez Mountain Range and the Santa Barbara Interior Mountains where northerly winds will be sustained near 20-30mph and gusts could be 65mph or greater. A Wind Advisory goes into effect for the SBA Southwestern Coast from 3pm to 10am Friday with Northerly winds gusting up to 65mph.

Winds will stay breezy into Friday, a High Wind Watch has been issued from Friday evening until Saturday afternoon for Ventura County where NW winds could be 25-35mph and gust up to 60mph. Temperatures cool even further into our Friday as cool moist air dominates over the region. Temperatures will struggle to make it into the 70s, most of these temperatures right on average for this time in December. High pressure will begin to build in Friday afternoon, meaning clouds will decrease and we will stay nice and dry.

Yet another atmospheric river will extend far down to the south into the weekend, but luckily for us the high pressure system sitting right off the coast will act like a shield and will hinder and rain from making it here. Temperatures will begin to warm into the weekend and next week due to the high pressure system. Skies may be partly cloudy to start each day but will clear beautifully each evening.

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