San Luis Obispo will be seeing its first major winter storm of the season this Wednesday and Thursday.
According to The National Weather Service, San Luis Obispo will start to see rainfall late Tuesday evening and continuing into Thursday evening. There will also be another chance of rain Saturday as a second smaller system makes its way to the Central Coast.
The National Weather Service also said there will be high winds with speeds between 20 and 25 mph with gust possible up to 40 mph.
San Luis Obispo is forecasted to get one to 3 inches of rain in the first storm and nearly an inch during Saturdays storm.
A High Surf Advisory has gone into effect for the coast until November 30. Beaches facing North and Northwest may see damage. Surfline is predicting waves as high as 24 feet at beaches facing in those directions.
According to SLO County Water, so far this season the city of San Luis Obispo has received 1.58 inches of rain. On average the region sees about 1.73 inches of rain in November.
Cal Poly Facility Operations and University Police plan to monitor the storms for drainage issues that may cause potential safety hazards, according to University Spokesperson Matt Lazier.
Hillside stabilization work was completed in the Summer of 2017 after Fremont Hall was closed earlier that year following a mudslide triggered by heavy rain. Lazier said the improvements proved to be very effective during last year’s normal rain season, but the area will continue to be closely watched.
“Facilities continues to monitor any movement of the area both visually as well as using data from several inclinometers placed in the slide area throughout the year and does not expect any detrimental effects to Fremont Hall or surrounding area from the forecasted rain event,” Lazier said.