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Winter Rainstorm Impacts Across Santa Barbara County

Winter Rainstorm Impacts Across Santa Barbara County.

From the Alisal Fire burn scar to Montecito, heavy to moderate overnight rains have caused some minor problems throughout Santa Barbara County. As of 6 am no major problems have been reported on the roads. The streams in and around Montecito have been doing their job.

Along the Gaviota coast, in the Alisal fire, mud and debris have covered at least two roads. A Santa Barbara County Public Works tipper loader has been brought in to help clear a river crossing near the Circle Bar B Ranch that was overrun with mud. The area remains under evacuation order.

As the main cold front makes its way into Los Angeles County early Tuesday, our region will continue to see scattered post-frontal rains. There is a small chance of thunderstorms and at times the rain can be moderate to heavy.

Combined rainfall on Monday and Tuesday is expected to reach 1 to 3 inches in coastal areas and valleys, and 3 to 6 inches in mountains and slopes. 1-3 feet of snow is likely to fall above 7,000 feet and a few inches below 7,000 feet, including the Grapevine. The winter storm warning in the mountains of Ventura County expires at 8:00 pm with snow and gusty winds.

The winds are decreasing as the storm passes. There is a wind advisory in effect on the south coast until 11:00 am, and in the coastal areas and valleys of Ventura County until 3:00 pm. Sustained winds will reach 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph.

The high wind advisory in the San Luis Obispo County mountains and interior valleys also expires at noon with winds up to 40 mph and gusts up to 65 mph.

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