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A low-pressure system off the Pacific Northwest and associated cold will produce persistent moderate to fresh (13 to 24 mph) northwesterly winds on Sunday. These onshore winds will allow the marine layer to redevelop in the coastal regions with areas of fog and mist and cooler temperatures.

The cold front will move through the Central Coast on Monday with strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) northwesterly winds, increasing clouds and scattered rain showers. Rainfall amounts are expected to range between 0.10 and 0.25 of an inch. This system will be cold and snow levels will fall to 4,500 feet on Monday. The Sierra Nevada could receive up to a foot of snow in the higher elevations.

Strong to gale-force (25 to 38 mph) northwesterly winds, below seasonal temperatures and partly cloudy skies are forecast on Tuesday into Wednesday with another chance of rain showers on Thursday. This system may be followed by moderate gale-force to fresh gale-force (32 to 46 mph) northwesterly winds later on Thursday. These winds will decrease and shift out of the northeast (offshore) next Friday and Saturday.

Santa Maria Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

49/70 47/59 42/66 43/66 45/64 46/72 49/76

Lompoc Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

48/71 46/59 41/67 41/66 43/65 45/72 48/77

Santa Ynez Temperatures

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

47/75 44/59 36/67 38/69 41/67 40/77 45/81

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Surf Report

An 8- to 10-foot northwesterly (300-degree, deep-water) sea and swell, with a 5- to 20-second period, will arrive along our coastline later on Saturday and will remain at an 8- to 10-foot level through Tuesday, but with a gradually shorter period. A 4- to 6-foot northwesterly (300-degree, deep-water) sea and swell, with a 5- to 11-second period, is forecast along our coastline on Wednesday, increasing to 6 to 8 feet, with a 5- to 12-second period, on Thursday into Friday.

Seawater temps

Seawater temperatures will range between 49 and 51 degrees through Friday.

This Week’s PG&E Safety Tip

At PG&E, the safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Never go near a power line that has fallen to the ground or is dangling in the air. Always assume downed electric lines are energized and extremely dangerous. Immediately call 911 to alert the police and fire departments.

John Lindsey is Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant marine meteorologist and a media relations representative. Email him at pgeweather@pge.com or follow him on Twitter @PGE_John.

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