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    Snowfall in Mountains Above Santa Barbara

    Snow can be seen atop West Camino Cielo and Santa Ynez Peak above Lake Cachuma Wednesday morning as a strong winter storm approaches Southern California.

    Snow on West Camino Cielo (Mike Eliason photo)

    Update 02/23/2023 8:56 am

    Winter Storm – A light snow falls along Painted Cave Rd and mountains above Santa Barbara Thursday morning. The storm will bring dangerous conditions Fri-Sat and a blizzard warning (the first since 1989) for the mountains of Southern California with snow down to 1000’ and 2-5” of rain in the lower elevations.

    (Mike Eliason photo)
    (Mike Eliason photo)
    (Mike Eliason photo)

    Update 02/23/2023 1:34 pm

    Snow falling near the 2,200 ft summit of San Marcos Pass on Highway 154 caught drivers off guard, briefly stranding them until Caltrans plows could clear the highway. The CHP has shut down Hwy 154 in both directions for an unknown duration.

    (Mike Eliason photo)
    (Mike Eliason photo)
    (Mike Eliason photo)
    (Mike Eliason photo)
    (Mike Eliason photo)
    (Mike Eliason photo)

    Update 02/23/2023 2:58 pm

    Caltrans plows clear Highway 154 near the summit following a brief but impactful snowfall. The CHP had closed the popular highway in both directions for a time but has since reopened. With another round of wintry weather forecast over the next 36 hours, please travel safely.

    Highway 154, during the next several days, may see intermittent closures due to snowfall or rockslides. Please check with Caltrans and CHP Santa Barbara & Buellton areas for road closure updates, and avoid any unnecessary travel on Highway 154.

    (Mike Eliason photo)

    If you want to share photos of snow covering the mountains in Goleta and Santa Barbara, send them to voice@goletavoice.com.

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