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Rain returns late Saturday, snow levels drop

Posted at 4:59 PM, Feb 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-10 02:42:06-05

Lingering showers have come to a halt Saturday afternoon but another storm will bring more rain to the region as soon as Saturday evening into Sunday. Rain will likely pick up after 10 p.m. Saturday.

Posted by Al Pepito on Saturday, February 9, 2019

A very cold low-pressure system that is centered over the Oregon coast will move towards California, bringing cold air and very low snow levels. There may be some areas of frost this weekend before 10 a.m.

Sunday, the front could fizzle out past Santa Barbara but current projections estimate between 0.10 and 0.30 inches of rain over coastal and valley areas. Sunday morning, southwesterly winds will reach 25 to 40 mph.

Southern Santa Barbara County may need a wind advisory on Sunday night. Gusty winds are expected to be 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph at times.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Santa Barbara County mountains from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Snow levels should be around 4,000 feet, lowering to below 3,000 feet by Sunday night. Most mountain roads will be impacted with one to two inches of snow, causing travel delays or closures by Sunday night. The Cuyama and Antelope Valleys may see a small dusting in the foothills.

Cold temperatures are expected Monday and Tuesday morning with near-freezing conditions. There may be a need for frost advisories or freeze warnings.