Flood advisory issued for parts of Santa Barbara County through the morning commute

Posted at 4:23 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 10:07:19-04

A cold upper low is bringing cooler daytime highs, windy conditions and rain to the Central Coast Monday. This will keep daytime highs around the low to upper 50s over the next two days.

A flood advisory has been issued for the south coast region through 7:45 a.m. Monday morning. During this time, rainfall rates could cause roadway flooding. Rainfall rates could stay between 0.25'' and 0.33'' per hour with the possibility of rates to reach .50'' per hour.

Locals can expect periods of moderate rain, as well as mountain snow in in the mountains and foothills in Santa Barbara County Monday.

The overnight hours received some decent rainfall. Arroyo Grande received just under 1'', but areas near the south coast region in Santa Barbara County mostly have totals closer to 0.25''. Those numbers will increase as the morning continues. Weather models are showing moderate to heavy rainfall is expected through early afternoon before the rain starts to taper off. Another round of scattered precipitation is expected Tuesday, followed by a 20% chance of rain Wednesday through Friday. Rainfall totals through Tuesday will likely stay between 0.75'' and 1.50'' with peak rainfall rates in the mountains and foothills in Santa Barbara County closer to .50''/hour.

The mountains and foothills in Santa Barbara County are under a winter storm warning that will last through 9:00 p.m. Elevations at or above 5,500 feet could receive 6-10 inches of snow and wind gusts have the potential to reach 45 miles per hour.

The rest of the Central Coast will experience southerly winds that will range from 15-25 mph through the afternoon, so locals can expect a breezy Monday.