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Dry For Now

Expect a dry start to the work week, but stormy conditions return by the end of the week.
High pressure is currently in control, blocking storm systems to our west and keeping our weather, for the most part, seasonable.  The biggest hazard in the near term will be patchy valley fog. One weather system will breach the ridge and arrive on our shores as it begins to dissipate. But it should be enough to provide us some light rain late Wednesday into early Thursday. This will open the door for more storm systems, though, and the first to arrive this weekend will have rain and wind, potentially followed by additional systems into next week. Saturated grounds will make flooding more likely and there is some potential for heavy rain. Stay tuned to the forecast.


…for the mountains and higher valleys of Monterey & San Benito Counties, the Diablo Range in Santa Clara County, and the southern valleys in Monterey County in effect from 10PM Sunday until 9AM Monday.

*Temperatures as low as 32 will result in frost formation.

*Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.

*Remember to protect people, pets, and plants from the cold.

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.

Overnight: Mostly clear with a few high clouds and patchy valley fog. Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s on the coast and mainly 30s inland.

Mostly sunny with a few high clouds, a few low clouds on the coast, and a few clouds over the hills. Seasonable highs with mainly low 60s. Breezy near the river mouths in the afternoon.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a mix of low and high clouds. Slightly cooler with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Extended: Early Valentine’s Day will be dry, but rain will be possible late and may extend into Thursday morning. We’ll have a dry, seasonable day on Friday, but wind &r rain for the weekend … and beyond?
*Note: Any alerts from the National Weather Service in Monterey will be noted in italics above. Alerts may be edited for brevity or local clarification (in parenthesis)

This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 44ºF
HIGH: 61ºF

LOW: 39ºF
HIGH: 63ºF

-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for February 19th – 25th calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.

- ENSO (El Niño/La Niña) STATUS: 
El Niño Advisory
- ENSO Forecast: Strong to Very Strong El Niño expected this winter.
-Area drought status: Currently drought-free

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