A fairly potent Pacific storm system continues to push inland just to our north. This system has brought some very welcome rain and snow to Northern California and Oregon. However, as is typical for this time of year, much of the moisture dries out as it gets closer to Central and Southern California. A very slight chance for showers will remain through early Sunday, mainly for areas well to the north of Point Conception. Breezy and at times, gusty northwesterly winds will be felt in many areas and could be very strong for the Santa Barbara South Coast. A gradual warming trend is expected as we head back to school and work as well.
For Sunday, any sprinkle chance will quickly evaporate and then we will need to keep an eye on the wind. For now, no official advisories are in effect, but gusty winds are likely with Sundowner enhancement possible for the South Coast. Afternoon highs will be mostly in the 60's and 70's.
Looking ahead, a mild offshore flow will usher in the final week of October. This means another warming trend is expected with many areas seeing highs in the 70's and even 80's by mid week. Beyond that, things get interesting as another Pacific storm heads toward the West Coast. Our forecast computer is expecting an increase in cloud cover by Halloween and a slight chance for showers developing. It's very early to make a slam dunk forecast on this one, but we will keep a close eye on this next storm system!