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String of storms line up

Posted: Monday, Jan 2nd, 2017

A woman guards herself from a light shower Monday on Main Street in Watsonville. A series of wet weather systems are lining up to strike the region over the week. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — A string of soggy weather systems are lined up to sock the region over the next week. Weather models at the National Weather Service of Monterey show everything from light sprinkles to heavy downpours on and off over the week and into next week, said meteorologist Bob Benjamin.

“Starting Tuesday we’ll see a transition from cold showery weather to wetter periods, with some of the rains becoming more steady,” he said. “Light showers are expected Tuesday, becoming heavier in the evening. The wet weather should persist into Wednesday.”

Winds as high as 40 mph are also expected.

That system will move out by Thursday morning. Friday will mainly be dry, with a slight chance of a few light showers.

By the weekend, however, another weather system will move in, bringing periods of heavy rain both Saturday and Sunday, Benjamin said. On and off rain is expected to carpet most of the weekend and linger into Monday.

Benjamin warned that people living in higher elevations, especially in areas that were burned in the Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, could get dangerous mud and rock slides.

“Get prepared because some significant rain in higher elevations is expected,” Benjamin said.

Today, the high should be near 58 degrees. Wednesday’s high will most likely top out at 60 degrees.

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