Light rain sets in for several days of wet weather in Santa Barbara County | local news

Light rain sets in for several days of wet weather in Santa Barbara County |  local news

Light rain fell across Santa Barbara County Wednesday afternoon, kicking off several days of wet weather in the region.

Most areas received only a few hundred inches of rain as of 5 p.m

The National Weather Service predicted between a tenth and a quarter of an inch of rain on Wednesday, with the same amount Wednesday night. Similar amounts are expected Thursday evening and Thursday.

Friday’s forecast was for up to half an inch of rain, with rain continuing into Sunday morning. There is a chance of thunderstorms Friday night.

A wind warning has been issued for some areas of the south coast and foothills, in effect until 1am on Thursday. Winds are expected to be southwesterly at 20-30 mph, gusting to 45 mph.

Gusty winds in the Santa Maria Valley downed power lines, sparking small fires in multiple locations, according to Capt. Scott Safechuck of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

In one incident, a trampoline was blown into overhead lines, Safechuck said.

A beach hazard statement has also been issued, which is in effect until late Wednesday night. The statement warned of “dangerous rip currents, breaking waves, and minor coastal flooding due to high waves” on south-facing beaches.

Daytime highs should be in the mid to upper 60s, with overnight lows around 50.

Sunny skies are expected to return to the area on Sunday.

Warming centers for unhoused people will be open from 6pm on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday at four locations around the county:

  • Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street in Santa Barbara.
  • Carpinteria Veterans Hall, 941 Walnut Street.
  • Mission Valley Events, 138 North B Street in Lompoc.
  • Atkinson Center, 1000 N. Railroad Ave. In Santa Maria.

The heating center hotline number is 805.324.2372.

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

Click here for updated rainfall totals from the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Works.

Sunrise on the Santa Barbara waterfront.
Sunrise on the Santa Barbara waterfront. (Photo by Ray Ford/Noosehawk)

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