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Predicted rain showers not expected to bring debris flow to Santa Barbara County

Posted at 4:24 PM, Nov 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-18 19:25:27-05

Calm conditions are expected across the Central Coast until Wednesday when rain showers are expected. Rain is expected to linger through Thanksgiving Day.

A cold front over the eastern Pacific will approach the Central Coast Tuesday night pushing inland on Wednesday evening. That cold front brings decent amounts of moisture as well.

Preliminary rainfall estimates for the storm system range between 0.25 and 1.25 inches.

Right now, rainfall intensities are not expected to cause debris flow in recent burn areas of Santa Barbara County.

The cold front is expected to bring southeast to south winds into the mountains on Wednesday with gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 percent chance that rainfall intensities could reach the USGS thresholds for debris flows across the Woolsey, Hill, South, and Stone burn areas on Wednesday. Those thresholds are 0.50 inches in 60 minutes, 0.30 inches in 30 minutes, and 0.20 inches in 15 minutes.

The marine layer, along with some patchy dense fog, can be expected along the coastline through Tuesday.