A crane removing mud and silt from San Pedro Creek near the Santa Barbara Airport and Goleta Beach.
A crane removes mud and silt from San Pedro Creek near the Santa Barbara Airport and Goleta Beach ahead of upcoming storms. The next weather systems are not expected to be as strong as the one that hammered Santa Barbara County this week. Credit: Tom Bolton / Noozhawk photo

More rain is on its way to Santa Barbara County this weekend, but this storm system should be much less severe than the one that drenched the county earlier in the week.

There is a chance of rain beginning Friday afternoon and evening, and rain is expected Saturday afternoon and evening, mainly before 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Joe Sirard said that the chance of rain will diminish late Saturday night, with more precipitation expected Sunday night into Monday.

There is another slight chance of rain Monday night and Tuesday morning, but Santa Barbara County can expect to be dry Tuesday afternoon through at least Friday.

For the system Friday through Sunday, the National Weather Service said coastal and valley areas can expect about 1.25 to 2.25 inches, with the mountains looking at about 3 inches.

Sunday night through Tuesday can bring an additional ⅓ to ¾ of an inch of rain in coastal and valley areas, with an additional ½ inch to an inch in the mountains.

“We’re not expecting nearly as much rain [as the last storm],” Sirard said. “It’s a different kind of system than the last one. … This is a little bit different, not quite as powerful.”

While some areas may get some gusts of wind, damaging winds are not expected at this time.

“Things can change, but it looks to be a bit of a dry spell coming up [after Tuesday], at least through Friday,” Sirard said. “People will get a chance to dry out, clean up, get ready for the next round of rain — whenever that may be.”

Sirard added that there is a High Surf Advisory in effect through Saturday evening — with some beaches looking at breakers up to 20 feet — and another potential high-surf event by Monday or Tuesday.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management has sent out weather advisories, warning people of “high winds, localized flooding, poor road conditions, and dangerous surf conditions” expected.

The latest weather system comes as the county works to recover from the severe storm on Jan. 9 that caused flooding and left several roads impassable.

The Forest Service has also issued a forest-wide closure order for the Los Padres Nation Forest, effective Friday, ahead of this weekend’s storms.

The order will keep the forest closed through March 14.

A portion of Happy Canyon Road in Los Padres National Forest suffered major damage in recent storm.
A portion of Happy Canyon Road in Los Padres National Forest suffered major damage in recent storm. The entire forest was ordered closed on Friday due to storm damage. Credit: Los Padres Forest Association photo

Sandbag filling locations — which can be found here — are available throughout the county for residents to prevent flooding around their property, and the Red Cross is offering free cleanup kits with a bucket, gloves, a wet mop, broom, squeegee, cleaner, and other supplies to clean after the storm.

These kits are available to pick up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday in the rear parking lot of 2707 State Street in Santa Barbara.

The County Call Center has been activated and is available to call at 833.688.5551 and a webpage for storm recovery resources for Santa Barbara County residents has been set up here.

Check back for updates as Noozhawk continues its coverage of the storm and recovery.

» Click here for the latest Santa Barbara forecast from the National Weather Service.

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Serena Guentz, Noozhawk Staff Writer

Noozhawk staff writer Serena Guentz can be reached at sguentz@noozhawk.com.