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Storms & Showers on Wednesday

Here’s a look at your forecast for Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and southern Santa Clara Counties!

Part 2 of our storm system arrives Wednesday as the cold core slides through. Expect isolated showers overnight ahead of it, becoming more numerous during the daylight hours. Showers become more energetic Wednesday afternoon with a chance for heavy downpours, gusty winds, lightning, and small hail. Showers will slowly taper off overnight into Thursday with only a few more possible over the hills Thursday afternoon. Then, drier but cool weather expected into the weekend.


… for central Santa Cruz County in effect until 3:30PM Wednesday

*Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is expected--minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

- At 137 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated several rounds of heavy rain have moved through the advisory area today. Minor flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the advisory area.

- Some locations that will experience flooding include...
San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, Cupertino, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Live Oak, Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Soquel, Twin Lakes, Opal Cliffs, Rancho Rinconada Cdp, Aptos, Rio Del Mar and Monte Sereno.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with rounds of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may have heavy rain, gusty winds, lightning, and small hail. Highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Snow levels down to 3kft.

Overnight: Showers will continue to linger, slowly tapering off into sunrise. Partly cloudy skies with cooler temps mainly in the 30s, few low 40s near the coast. Winds calm out of the south.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with an isolated shower possible over the hills. Highs mainly in the 50s.

Extended: We’ll warm up a bit Friday and Saturday, but highs will remain below normal. Expect dry conditions under partly cloudy skies. A weak system passes early Sunday morning which could bring a few sprinkles. Then the next threat of rain will be on Tuesday, but it doesn’t look all that exciting at the moment.

This week's normal temperatures:

LOW: 46ºF
HIGH: 64ºF

LOW: 42ºF
HIGH: 69ºF

-The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for April 5th – 11th calls for the likelihood of BELOW normal temperatures and ABOVE normal precipitation.

- El Niño/La Niña STATUS:
- Forecast: Neutral through the summer with eventual development of El Niño
-Area drought status: 
Currently drought-free.

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Erika Bratten is a weather forecaster for KION News Channel 5/46.


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