Saturday storm brings rain with no significant runoff

Saturday Night Rain Storm


Residents in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties woke up to sunshine Sunday morning following a daylong rainstorm that at one point brought a flood advisory to areas near recent brush fires.  By midnight, most of the showers were gone as the storm passed further to the east and south.  By Sunday morning the storm was affected parts of the state of Arizona.

Emergency crews in Montecito told NewsChannel 3 there were no added people staffed during the rainstorm, due to predictions which correctly forecast the rain would not be strong enough to cause significant debris flows.  A flood advisory issued Saturday night for areas near burn scars expired before midnight with no significant damage or debris.

From Alan Rose in the First Alert Weather Center: 

Good Sunday morning everyone! I'd say that the storm is now about 95% behind us. Most areas will stay dry today, although we can't rule out the chance for a few isolated showers through this afternoon. Rain totals from this storm were right around 1" in most areas...a nice little soaker, with no problems reported in the burn areas. Temperatures today will be warmer than yesterday, topping out in the 60s to very low 70s.

The dry weather will carry over into Monday and the start of the new work week. Tomorrow should be warmer than today, with temps warming into the 60s and 70s. We'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies tomorrow, with increasing clouds tomorrow night and increasing chances for rain in the forecast by the late night hours.

A weak storm will bring rain back to our forecast from late Monday through Tuesday. Most areas I suspect will pick up around .25-.50" of rain, with locally higher amounts in the foothills and mountains. Recent burn areas should once again be OK with the storm coming early this week. However, a wetter and stronger storm late in the week could bring a larger threat of mud and debris flows to our forecast. This larger storm is expected to bring wet weather and periods of heavy rainfall from Thursday through Saturday. Details surrounding this storm will be unfolding during the upcoming week, so stay tuned online and on TV for the very latest.


A flood advisory was issued for Santa Barbara County Saturday evening was cancelled at 9:45 p.m..

Officials in the Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management kept a close watch on the storm, but decided no evacuation orders were necessary. 

The National Weather Service originally sent out this alert at 6:48 p.m.

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Santa Barbara County. San Luis Obispo County in southwestern California... Including the Thomas, Whittier, and Alamo burn areas.* Until 945 PM PST* At 639 PM PST, Doppler radar indicated a band of moderate to locally heavy rain across western Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, which is expected to spread eastward across both counties. Rainfall rates between 0.20 and 0.40 inches per hour can be expected across portions of the advisory area this evening, with brief heavy downpours possible.* Urban roadway flooding can be expected across the advisory area, including portions of Highways 101, 154, and 192. In addition, minor mud and debris flows will be possible across the Thomas, Whittier, and Alamo burn areas.* Some locations that could experience flooding include... Thomas, Whittier, and Alamo burn areas...Lompoc, Gaviota, Vandenberg, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Solvang, Montecito, and Carpinteria.


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