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A cold night and dry weekend ahead with some potential for March to be more active

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A strong high-pressure system will hold its position off the CA coastline bringing us NW winds.

The upper-level flow is still in a deep trough over The West allowing cool Canadian air to keep spilling in and low-pressure systems thru the region.

These storms have been really moisture-deprived.  Another in a series of weak lows moves thru Monday for roughly .10" of rain.  

After that attention will be on two other potential storms.  One March 1-3rd looked very strong in modeling this week but current trends are backing off it a little.  Current modeling shows .5-1.5" across the area (yesterday 1-4" was the range).  After that models are showing activity around the following weekend 9th-11th which could be very wet.  Keep in mind models often change dramatically in the long range, so just staying tuned is the best advice.  The reason I am going into some detail on it is due to the sensitivities of the Montecito area and also the concerns about a growing drought.  We need rain, but just at a rate the current state of infrastructure and land can handle.

In terms of temps, tonight will be very cold again.. in the lower 20s inland and freezing or near freezing conditions at the coast and Southcoast.  Highs over the weekend warm into the 60s but back off into the 50s early next week after the Monday "splash and dash" system.

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