A freezing forecast for the new year

Cold and windy weather expected Tuesday and Wednesday in San Benito County

The new year is expected to be brought in with below freezing temperatures in San Benito County, which has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a hazardous weather outlook for Tuesday through Sunday.

A cold weather system sweeping down from Canada will bring what the weather service is calling a "reinforcing shot of cold air" into the region Tuesday and Wednesday, producing what could be the coldest temperatures of the season by Wednesday night. A few showers are possible Monday night and Tuesday, but the main impacts from this cold weather system will be strong and gusty winds and cold temperatures.

North to northeast winds will gust as high as 40 mph from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning, with freezing temperatures likely by late Wednesday night, primarily in inland valleys.

On its Facebook page Monday, Pinnacles National Park issued an ice warning, along with a photo of an icy road into the park. "With temperatures dropping below 40 degrees Farenheit and humidity levels on the rise we started spotting ice patches on the road, careful driving in from both sides (East – West)," park officials posted. "We have sharp turns and colder temperatures later this week."

For the local forecast from the weather service, click here.

BenitoLink Staff