Moderate to heavy rainfall in the forecast through Thursday afternoon

Rainfall returns
Posted at 6:25 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 09:25:50-05

The atmospheric river continues to stall over the Central Coast. Rainfall amounts have ranged from six to 11 inches for coastal areas north of Morro Bay and about two to six inches for areas south of Morro Bay. Across Santa Barbara County, rainfall totals have reached one to three inches so far, with totals up to five inches across the Santa Ynez Valley.

Not much is changing with the intensity of this storm. Weather modeling is still showing intense rainfall over the Central Coast well into the early evening hours. The storm will move through the south coast Thursday afternoon through the evening hours before making a push into Ventura County.

Multiple watches and warnings also remain in place. A wind advisory and high wind warning continue to remain in effect but wind speeds will start to diminish throughout the afternoon hours. Wind speeds could reach 40 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 65 mph.

A winter storm warning remains in place for Santa Barbara County as more snow accumulation is expected in the mountains and foothills.
These snow accumulations could range from one to three feet for elevations above 4,500 feet. Strong winds up to 70 mph are also a possibility over this area.