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Ian Gonzaga/Staff (left to right) Elizabeth Medina, 8, Alejandra Medina, and Ruth Jimenez, 7, cross the street in the rain on Thursday in Santa Maria. 12/10/09

Keep that umbrella handy, because more rain is on the way for the Central Coast.

The area will stay mostly gray, cloudy and wet until Sunday evening, according to forecasters at Accuweather.com.

Today, it should be drizzling on and off, with high temperatures in the upper 50s, said Carl Erickson, a senior meteorologist with

Nighttime temperatures are expected in the low 40s, and there could be periods of heavier showers, Erickson said.

Also, tonight there could be some wind gusts up to 20 mph, but that would be the extent of the wind action from the storm, he said.

There are a few wet storm systems moving quickly inland from the Pacific, so there may be a brief lull in the downpour Saturday morning, according to Erickson.

But there is a 70-percent chance of rain Saturday, and the planned parades in Orcutt and Guadalupe could be canceled.

“The last couple of years, we had some light rain, but it eased up enough for us to do the parade,” said Chuck Williams, Orcutt parade organizer.

On Saturday, they will be playing it by ear, Williams said of the procession, scheduled to begin at noon.  A final decision will be posted

orcutt_christmas_parade Saturday morning.

Calls to a Guadalupe parade organizer were not returned.

While it will be a wet Saturday, temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s, according to the National Weather Service.

Expect more of the same soggy weather Saturday night through Sunday night, but sunshine and warm, dry weather will be back just in time for the work week to start, Erickson said.

In total, the Central Coast is expected to get about one-half to one inch of rain over the weekend, with more falling in the mountains to the east, Erickson said.

The rain does not pose a large threat of flooding, because it will be a steady drizzle as opposed to a fast, heavy deluge, he added.

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