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February 28, 2024

Heavy rains to hit Hollister area

Four straight days of rain and occasional high winds are forecast for San Benito County.

According to the National Weather Service, the Hollister and San Juan Bautista areas are expected to experience rainy conditions Friday through Monday.

There’s also a high wind watch and flash flood watch in effect for later in the day Friday.

“A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph…or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur,” according to the National Weather Service.

Drivers can expect a rough commute home Friday as well.

“A powerful cold front will bring heavy rain to the region,” according to the weather service forecast for Hollister. “Rain   rates will approach 1 inch per hour during the frontal passage. The heavy rainfall over a short amount of time will likely inundate storm drains with rapid rises on small creeks and   streams. Rainfall totals of 1-2 inches in the valleys, 2-3 inches in the hills with local amounts up to 4 inches will occur over a 6-12 hour window of time.”

The full forecast for the coming days includes the following:

Friday

Rain, mainly after 4pm. High near 61. Southeast wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 54. Windy, with a southeast wind 28 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 18 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce small hail. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Breezy, with a southeast wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Monday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

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