2019 is coming to a cold, wet and blustery end.
According to the National Weather Service, rain showers are expected Sunday night and into Monday afternoon from a cold, low-pressure system that will be accompanied by strong, gusty winds and possible snow in the mountains.
The rain should move on in time for your New Year’s Eve bash Tuesday night, however.
“It looks like it is not going to be a huge amount of rain,” said Richard Thompson, a weather service meteorologist in Oxnard.
In Santa Barbara, rainfall totals could reach .75 inches, with a slight chance of thunderstorms.
Daytime high temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s on Sunday and in the upper 50s on Monday and Tuesday with overnight lows in the low 40s. North northwest wind around 10 mph also is in the forecast.
After Tuesday, sunny skies are likely the rest of the week with highs in the mid-60s.
Thompson said snow from the storm could fall as low as 2,500 feet along the I-5 corridor over the Grapevine north of Los Angeles — which could cause traffic to be diverted from California’s main north-south artery for a second time in a week.
Santa Barbara County endured 72 hours of crippling roadway congestion on Highways 101 and 166 beginning Dec. 26 after I-5 was closed by snow from the previous storm.