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Cool, But Dryer Start To The Week

The weather pattern will quiet down as we head into the workweek. That doesn’t mean we’ll be rain-free necessarily, but there aren’t any storms on the horizon. A few showers will linger as this broad, cold storm system we’ve been enduring slowly spins itself out and moves on. By Monday afternoon, its influence will be gone, though we’ll be left in the chilly air mass in its wake. The next weather system begins to approach from the west Tuesday—and that may be enough to get some drizzle going in the coastal mountains. The system itself will make a glancing blow to the coast Wednesday. There is a chance that we see widespread showers across the area but also a chance that we barely see anything at all. The exact positioning of the low will matter a lot—and hopefully we’ll have a better idea on Monday afternoon.


Overnight: Mostly cloudy with showers becoming more isolated into the early morning hours. Patchy fog. Lows in the 40s on the coast and upper 30s to low 40s inland.  

Monday: Partly cloudy and cool with a few sprinkles possible. Highs in the 50s to around 60ºF. Light onshore winds.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a few sprinkles possible, especially in the coastal mountains. Slightly warmer, with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Breezy southwesterly winds on the coast.  

 We’ll see a chance for showers under mostly cloudy skies as a system passes by on Wednesday with shower chances lingering into early Thursday morning. We’ll cool down initially on Thursday before warming back to normal for Friday/Saturday. A weak system will pass by this coming weekend. If it makes it far enough south we may see some light rain, if not, just a few clouds and a slight cool-down.

*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: 45ºF
HIGH: 62ºF

LOW: 40ºF
HIGH: 65ºF

-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for March 11th - 17th calls for the likelihood of near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

- ENSO (El Niño/La Niña) STATUS: 
El Niño Advisory, La Niña Watch
- ENSO Forecast: Transition from El Niño to neutral by Spring and then to La Niña by summer.
-Area drought status: Currently drought-free

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Dann Cianca is the chief meteorologist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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