SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Rain during the overnight hours on the Central Coast was welcomed, it just wasn't enough to raise hopes for a comeback from six years of drought.
The light steady rain came through late Thursday through dawn Friday. It dropped just over an inch of rain on the coast, and in many back country areas around two inches.
Santa Barbara County officials say cloud seeding took place to enhance the rainfall in the drought dry Cachuma Lake watershed. Overall it is estimated that the rain storms will have to produce over 10 - 12 inches of rain to saturate the soil and another ten inches to get a flow moving into the reservoirs.
This morning Cachuma was about 92 percent empty compared to its capacity level in 2011.
No other rain is on the immediate horizon through Christmas.
Morning commuters for the most part handled the showers well with no major accidents. Traffic overall also appeared light with many residents starting to scale back on work, and schools closing for the holidays.
After the rain stopped there was a single vehicle van roll over on Highway 101 at La Cumbre. No injuries were reported.
Thursday night in the rain, a vehicle was spotted over the side on Highway 154 at Painted Cave Road. Details on that accident have not been released by the California Highway Patrol.
There was also a multi-car accident on the rain soaked roads on the freeway near the Salinas Street exit.