Major storm headed to the Central Coast

December 20, 2023


As residents prepare for holiday festivities, a strong storm is forecast to bring heavy rains, strong winds and some flooding to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties through Thursday evening.

All of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties are under a flood and wind watch through late Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service. There are risks of flooding in low-lying areas and mudslide near burn scars.

Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are forecast on the Central Coast.

Rainfall totals from July 1 through Dec. 19, along with average yearly rainfall:

Arroyo Grande – 2.28  inches to date – average 14.09 inches

Atascadero – 2.01 inches to date – average 12.06 inches

Lopez Dam – 3.23 inches to date – average 18.48 inches

Los Osos – 3.18 inches to date – average 15.77 inches

Nipomo – 2.29 inches to date – average 12.62 inches

Oceano – 2.42 inches to date – average 12.26 inches

Paso Robles – 3.62 inches to date – average 14.08 inches

Rocky Butte – 21.16 inches to date – average 34.75 inches

San Luis Obispo – 3.56 inches to date – average 16.82 inches

San Simeon – 5.34 inches to date – average 15.12 inches

Santa Margarita – 3.35 inches to date – average 16.96 inches

Shandon –1.31 inches to date – average 8.44 inches

Templeton – 3.27 inches to date – average 13.05 inches


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I would love to ride the Bob Jones Bike Trail tomorrow (Friday), the forecast calls for no rain…… Crossing my fingers the forecast is right….. this time!

I was expecting a really great deal of rain starting at noon today per the weather forecasts. Hardly a drop… so what happed? The sun really looked and felt nice today… more than likely sunshine tomorrow :)

Drove to Santa Barbara today (had an itching for a Cal Taco char burger. Simply, the best). Hit patches of rain, that were….Biblical. The entire scenery in front of the car, disappeared in a wall of water. My little Mazda does NOT do large puddles well, and I had a hell of a time keeping it on the vague parts of the road that I could see out the left door! Fortunately, the winds had not yet arrived.