Winter weather conditions are forecast for Santa Barbara County from now through the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued multiple weather statements for Santa Barbara County, including:
- Winter Storm Warning for the county’s interior mountains is in effect from 2/22/23 at 4 am to 4 am on 2/24/23.
- Blizzard Warning for the county’s interior mountains will be in effect from 4 am on 2/24/23 through 4 pm on 2/25/23.
- Multiple Flood Watches for the county’s interior mountains, the Santa Ynez mountains, and coastal areas from Point Conception through Carpinteria. These Flood Watches are generally effective from 4 am on 2/24/23 to 6 pm on 2/25/23.
Extreme cold temperatures, continued wind, and rain are possible through the weekend. The forecast rain may cause localized flooding in some areas. Snow levels are forecast for lower elevations and may impact transportation routes including potentially Highway 154 and Highway 166 (Cuyama area). The lowest snow levels in the county are forecast to be roughly 1,500 feet for interior mountains and the Cuyama Valley. Countywide the snow level is forecast to be 2,000 feet-2,500 feet. This weather system will also bring very cold temperatures throughout the county. Gale force winds are also expected at sea. More weather forecast information is available at: https://www.weather.gov/lox/
Precautions and tips to stay safe:
- Be careful when driving through wet and potentially snowy road conditions. Roads may be slippery. Some areas may have little to no visibility due to high winds, rain, and snow. Drive slowly and avoid driving at night. When possible, avoid routes that may be impacted by winter weather.
- Strong winds can cause power outages. Charge important electronic devices and be prepared in case an unannounced power outage occurs.
- Secure belongings that could get impacted by strong winds, such as outdoor furniture.
- Take care of those who might not be aware of the cold weather hazard or be able to react accordingly – especially the elderly, young children, and pets.
- Avoid areas and roadways that appear to be flooding.
- Be aware of your surroundings and travel routes. Leave the area if you don’t feel safe and conditions permit safe travel.
Get the latest information at ReadySBC.org.