Santa Barbara County is in for some rough weather the next few days, with high winds, chilly nights, and elevated surf, according to the National Weather Service.
The wind warning will be in effect on Tuesday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Northwest winds of 25-40 mph are expected, with gusts to 65 mph possible. The heaviest winds are likely along the county’s South Coast, from Carpinteria to Gaviota, and in mountain areas.
“Damaging winds will blow down large objects such as trees and power lines,” according to the warning. “Power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”
The Freeze Watch will be in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning,
Overnight lows at or below freezing are likely, with areas of frost.
“Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold,” according to the watch. “Plan for extra time to defrost vehicle windshields.”
The High Surf Advisory will be in effect from 4 a.m. Tuesday until 10 p.m. Wednesday, with large breaking waves of 8-12 feet and dangerous rip currents.
The highest surf is expected along west-facing beaches.
“There is an increased risk of drowning,” according to the advisory. “Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore.”
Sunny skies are forecast Tuesday and Wednesday, with daytime highs through Saturday in the upper-50s, and overnight lows in the low- to upper-30s.
There is a chance of rain Friday and Saturday, with clear skies returning Sunday and Monday.
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