Friday Weather Update

By Jack Martin on Mar 09, 2018 at 03:48 PM

Good Friday morning,

Subtropical moisture is heading our way. Low pressure is steering it right over us. You can easily see it on the satellite.

This is going to affect our weekend weather. The good news is rain will be steady, but light to moderate rain. We will see a nice 6 to 12 hours of rain with 1/4 inch per hour.

As I mentioned in the Thursday forecast. The model guidance would be crisper today. We are right on track.

This system is out of the south west and is going to be more tropical like. Snow levels are going to be 8,000 feet. Rain totals are 1 to 3 inches in south facing mountains. South flow will make Santa Barbara and Montecito see greater rain totals. We are looking at about an inch in coastal area. Other locations, 1/2 to an inch.

Rain will start up Saturday morning, with the more consistent rain Saturday afternoon and night. Rain will taper to showers on Sunday, with cool temps and with some sunshine.

Now for next week.......

We are looking to have quite an interesting week. We are looking for periods of rain next week. 2 systems will affect us. First, late Monday into Tuesday is another subtropical one. Timing is not perfect right now, but rain should be similar.

The system Wednesday night and Thursday is the one to watch!!!!!!

The will be a cold core system out of the gulf of Alaska. This is going to drop into the forecast areas and tap into subtropical moisture. If this all comes together as models show it, we will get heavy rain. Cold air will squeeze all the rain out of the clouds.

Everyone will be watching that system closely.

In the meantime, get ready for a wet period over the next week.

March is starting out to be our wettest month of an extremely dry year.

Have a great weekend, don’t forget to turn those clocks ahead before you go to bed Saturday night.

This mean Lynn and I might be waking up at 5am instead of 4am for a few days.

Enjoy the extra light we will all see......