Pixel Tracker

Friday, January 18 , 2019, 12:45 am | Fair 51º

 
 
 
 

Light Rain Falls Across Santa Barbara County

The few hours of steady precipitation are expected to bring only a small amount of accumulation, about a half-inch to an inch

Shoppers at the Paseo Nuevo mall in downtown Santa Barbara use umbrellas and, in some cases, bags to shield themselves from Tuesday’s light rain.
Shoppers at the Paseo Nuevo mall in downtown Santa Barbara use umbrellas and, in some cases, bags to shield themselves from Tuesday’s light rain. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

Light showers soaked Santa Barbara County on Tuesday morning into the afternoon, forcing some to break out umbrellas and rain jackets.

Actual accumulation was expected to be relatively small, however, with North County cities receiving more than the Santa Barbara South Coast, according to Scott Sukup, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

“Right now the front is moving through Santa Barbara County,” Sukup said, describing the path of the cold low-pressure system traveling down the West Coast from Alaska. “If it hasn’t started raining yet in the cities, it will.”

Moderate rain was expected to fall between noon and 4 p.m., with a shower or two possible Tuesday evening, Sukup said.

By late afternoon, rainfall totals included Santa Barbara 0.27 inches; Montecito, 0.21; Goleta, 0.31; Santa Maria, 0.43; Lompoc, 0.34; and 0.29 inches in Santa Ynez. 

“We’re still looking at about half an inch for Santa Barbara area and possibly up to three-quarters of an inch in the mountains,” he said of storm totals.

Temperatures lingered in the upper 50s and low 60s on the tail end of a wind advisory, which the weather service issued for the Santa Barbara County mountains from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Gusty southwest winds were expected to mostly impact the mountains, where the storm could bring snowfall to higher levels.

Sukup said the rest of the week wasn’t supposed to yield any more rain, with high temperatures in the upper 60s and mostly sunny skies.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.