The South Coast is expected to say goodbye to sunshine, at least for today, as rainfall is forecast throughout the day.
Local showers are expected after 10 a.m. today, along with southeast winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts up to 25. Rain is expected to continue throughout the afternoon into the evening, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
The winter storm system is approaching the area from the northwest, with the bulk of the energy associated with the system expected to pass north of Santa Barbara. The system’s cold front is expected to “hold together well enough to easily bring rain to all areas by Thursday night,” according to the Weather Service.
Rain totals between 0.25 inches and 0.75 inches are expected locally, with up to one inch possible in the foothills and mountains.
“Certainly not a major storm by any means and the duration of (rain) should be limited to about 6 hours at most in any one locations,” weather officials said.
Snow levels are expected to drop as low as 3,500 feet, with light snow accumulations possible in and around the Grapevine on Interstate 5 this evening.
Conditions are expected to clear up by Friday, with a high of 65 degrees and light winds expected. The weather should remain clear through the weekend, with temperatures reaching up to 71 degrees on Sunday, according to the Weather Service.
A slight chance of showers is expected on Monday, though conditions are expected to clear up by Tuesday, according to the Weather Service.