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A Little Wet

The tail end of a storm system impacting the Pacific Northwest will reach our shores later in the day on Wednesday. This cold front will slow down and then fizzle out over the Monterey Bay Area. During its tenure here, light rain is likely in the Santa Cruz Mountains with drizzle to light rain around the rest of the Monterey Bay. High pressure will push in for the remainder of the week with warmer, dryer weather expected. The next weather system will arrive this weekend with mainly light rain expected.

*Beach Hazards*
… through Tuesday afternoon for the immediate coast of Monterey & Santa Cruz Counties.

-A long period northwesterly swell will bring large breaking waves and an increased threat of sneaker waves and rip currents to area beaches.

Large breaking waves will generate hazardous conditions on area beaches. This threat will be maximized on steeply sloped beaches. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore.

Overnight: Showers taper off across southern Monterey/San Benito Counties, leaving partly cloudy skies with patchy fog. Lows mainly in the 40s with a few spots in the south dipping into the upper 30s.
 
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy on the coast and inland north and partly cloudy inland south. Drizzle at times near the coast with light rain developing mainly across Santa Cruz County in the evening. Mainly sprinkles elsewhere and not much if anything in the south. Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Breezy southwesterly winds on the exposed coast at times.

Wednesday: A few sprinkles linger through the morning commute, then decreasing clouds. A touch warmer with highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.
 
Extended
: After some fog Thursday morning, expect mostly sunny, mild conditions for the rest of Thursday, Friday, and early Saturday. The next weather system will arrive Saturday night into Sunday morning, bringing more light rain to the region.



The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for January 28th – February 3rd calls for the likelihood of ABOVE normal temperatures and BELOW normal precipitation.

El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
(Winter) Forecast: Neutral

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This week's normal temperatures:
--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 43ºF
HIGH: 60ºF


--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 36ºF
HIGH: 62ºF

Weather Authority

Dann Cianca

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

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