Central Coast to Receive Over One Inch of Rain This Weekend

Update by the edhat staff
April 12, 2024

The National Weather Service has released an updated timetable of when to expect rainfall this weekend.

Santa Barbara can expect the heaviest rainfall from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday with a low chance of thunderstorms to follow into Sunday.

Details: Rain: 0.5-1.5 inches. Local 1.5-3.0 inches mountains & foothills. Peak Rain Rates: 0.10-0.33 inches per hour. Local 0.33-0.66 inches per hour foothills & heavier showers. Snow: 2-5 inches. Local 5-10 inches elevations 6,000+ feet. Confidence: High. Totals (+/- 0.5 in). Timing (+/- 3 hrs).

By the edhat staff
April 11, 2024

The Central Coast has been experiencing warm weather this week, but it’s expected to take a sharp turn on Friday.

Most of the region experienced temperatures between 75-85 degrees this week with the warmest day being Wednesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports this was approximately 6 to 12 degrees above normal.

The temperature is expected to drop significantly as rain and snow are headed to the tri-county beginning on Friday and ending on Sunday.

Rain totals are estimated to be up to an inch along the coast with one to two inches in the mountains and foothills. There’s a 10-20% chance of thunderstorms and strong wind gusts that can reach up to 50 mph on Saturday and 40 mph on Sunday.

Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez are expected to receive just over an inch of rain while Santa Maria and Lompoc can expect just under an inch. Pine Mountain is predicted to receive two inches of rain.

Mountainous areas could also see some snow anywhere from one to eight inches.

NWS reminds residents and visitors to use extra caution when outdoors and to keep an eye on the forecasts.

Precipitation graphic showing expected storm total rainfall with light amounts in greens and heavier amounts in blue and purples. Graphic shows from around a half of an inch to around an inch of precipitation for the coast and valleys in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Amounts taper to a quarter to a third of an inch for most coasts and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Local amounts to around one to two inches are possible in the mountains.

Edhat Staff

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