Wind Advisory Issued for Santa Barbara County Before Incoming Storm | Local news


Wind and rain conditions are in the forecast for areas of Santa Barbara County this weekend and early next week, according to the National Weather Service.

A wind advisory was issued on Saturday and will be in effect until 4 a.m. Sunday for the mountainous and south shore areas of the county.

The advisory called for northwest to north winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph.

The winds are likely to affect the communities of Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpintería, San Marcos Pass and the wilderness areas of San Rafael and Dick Smith, according to the weather service.

Stronger winds are expected in the foothills, including Montecito, and between the Gaviota coast and the Refugio area.

Travel on area highways can be affected by gusts of wind, including the 101, 154 and 192 freeways, as well as the Gaviota and San Marcos crossings, according to the NWS advisory.

The weather service warned that strong winds could move unsecured objects and predicted that they would make driving difficult, especially for a high-profile vehicle.

“Be very careful when driving, especially if you operate a high-profile vehicle,” the notice read. “Secure outdoor objects.”

Rain is expected in most of Santa Barbara County from Sunday night through Monday, according to the NWS.

Forecasters expected a 50% chance of rain after midnight Sunday and a 40% chance of rain Monday morning, with conditions turning partly cloudy in the afternoon on the south coast.

Additionally, wind gusts of up to 25 mph are forecast on Monday.

Rain is expected to fall between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday in northern areas of the county, including Santa Maria and Lompoc. Forecasters set a 60% chance of rain on Sunday night and a 30% chance of rain before 10am on Monday.

Total amounts of rain from Sunday night through Monday night are expected to range from one tenth to one quarter of an inch across the region, with higher amounts likely in mountainous areas, the NWS said in a discussion about the forecast on Saturday afternoon.

Snow levels of 5,000 to 5,500 feet were forecast for Sunday night, falling between 4,000 and 4,500 feet Monday morning.

Snow levels can fall around or below 3,000 to 3,500 feet Monday afternoon and more are expected to fall between 2,500 to 3,000 feet Monday night.

It is possible to reach up to 4 inches of snow, with the largest accumulation of snow above 4,500 feet, according to the NWS.

High temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees are forecast for much of the region during the weekend, with nightly lows between 40 and 50 degrees.

Sunny skies are expected Tuesday across most of the county.

Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

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