The Santa Barbara area is expected to receive up to 3 inches of rainfall this week, which could affect holiday travel leading up to Thanksgiving.
Precipitation is expected Wednesday morning through Saturday, with anywhere from 1 to 3 inches for higher elevations and up to 2.5 inches for coastal areas, said Keily Delerme, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
Santa Barbara County mountains may receive a dusting of snow this week, with snow levels dropping between 1,000 and 3,000 feet, she said.
Weather officials are expecting icy conditions in the backcountry that may impact roadways. Isolated thunderstorms may develop, bringing brief, heavy downpours and cause roadway flooding and flash flooding in some areas, Ms. Delerme said.
“That could bring some concern if people are traveling during that time,” Ms. Delerme siad.
Prior to the arrival of rainfall, strong north winds are expected locally – with gusts between 40 to 60 mph tonight through Wednesday, according to the Weather Service.