Rain into early Saturday then a lull before big rain potential next week

Posted at 8:36 PM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-12 01:50:59-05

A storm system is moving thru the area into Saturday morning. .25-1.75″ of rain is possible with this first storm along with gusty south winds. The heaviest rainfall is expected to occur across Santa Barbara counties (including the Thomas Fire burn area) between 9 pm and 3 am. Rain rates could reach .75″ per hour for short periods. No flash flood watch is in place however recent burn areas are being watched carefully should debris flow potential happen. Cold air funnels and waterspouts can’t be ruled out either.

The bulk of the weekend will not be stormy, there will be a lull before the main series of storms next week. Sunday evening into Monday the next storm arrives. This next system also has 1-2″ potential. Shortly on the heels of this system are several more Tuesday into Thursday. Wednesday could be the wettest day. If you add up all the potential rain thru next week 2-7+” of rain is possible.

Windy conditions will accompany the heavy rains and high surf conditions are also anticipated next week as well.

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