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Gone With The Wind, Here With The Cold

Air Quality (as of 12:00AM)
GOOD for all reporting areas.
 
WEATHER STORY
Cold, dry air settles in overnight with frost possible for inland valleys. Then, the next weather system will bring another shot of wind, though less potent, on Wednesday. This system will have more of an onshore component, so after a couple of clear days, we will actually see coastal clouds again—in fact, it’s possible we may squeeze a few sprinkles out late Wednesday morning into the afternoon.  All areas will then warm into the weekend.

Overnight: Clear and chilly with lows in the 30s-40s on the coast and widespread 30s for inland valleys. Patchy frost in low, sheltered areas away from the coast.

**Frost Advisory**
From 2AM Wednesday until 9AM Wednesday for the southern valleys of Monterey County including but not limited to the southern Salinas Valley, Arroyo Seco, and the San Antonio Valley.

 -Temperatures as low as 33 could result in frost formation early Tuesday morning.

Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.


Wednesday: Low clouds thicken by dawn with the chance for a few coastal sprinkles through into the early afternoon. Then, becoming partly cloudy late. Cool, with coastal highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s and mainly 60s to low 70s inland. Breezy for most areas, with the strongest winds in the valleys.

Thursday: Expect another chilly morning before a warmer, sunny day. Highs return to the 60s-70s on the coast and 70s-80s inland.
 
Extended:
 Expect mostly sunny skies into the weekend with calmer winds. Highs will slowly warm up through Friday then level off close to normal through the weekend. A weak weather system will approach early next week but as of now, impacts are a bit uncertain.


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This week's normal temperatures:

--COASTAL CITIES--
LOW: 51ºF
HIGH: 71ºF
 
--INLAND CITIES--
LOW: 47ºF
HIGH: 80ºF

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-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for October 20th – 26th calls for the likelihood of BELOW normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.
 
-El Niño/La Niña STATUS: Neutral
-Forecast into Winter: La Niña Watch

-Area drought status: “
Extreme Drought” for the entire viewing area with the far southeastern corner of Monterey County and far eastern San Benito County considered “Exceptional Drought”

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Dann Cianca

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

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