11/23/19

By Jack Martin on Nov 25, 2019 at 04:26 PM

Wow, you are hearing it first here. We are going to get quite the storm system starting Tuesday night.

We will have it all with this one, snow, rain, hail, thunder and lighting, wind and cold air.

Leave early for Holiday travel, I suggest leaving Tuesday if you are going to travel.

Thanksgiving traffic in the air and on the roads is normally really bad, but this year with the rain and snow it will be much worse. 

We will start with the good and end with the bad.

Great calm Saturday morning in Santa Barbara. 

If you are waking in Santa Ana wind areas, winds were blowing at 30 miles an hour last night, and will continue through Sunday.

We are looking at sunny and warm weather through Monday, then look out .....

It all changes Tuesday with a cold low pressure system dropping down from Alaska, rain begins tuesday night into the weekend.

This is going to be a much larger storm with early predictions of 1 to 3 inches of rain coastal and 3 to 5 inches in the mountains. 

Besides the rain, snow levels are going to drop to very low levels. 2500 feet is possible.

When this happens, the Grapevine will likley shut down, creating a traffic night mare Wednesday afternoon. The travel day before Thanksgiving.

This will also affect Santa Barbara and the 101 because traffic will be diverted here. 

Here is the title page for the national weather service. This spells it all in a graphic:

https://www.weather.gov/lox/

Here is how the next week is working out right now: 

Today    :              Sunny warm highs in 70s some wind Ventura and south 

Sunday  :              A repeat of today 

Monday:              More nice weather less wind south 

Tuesday :             Day will be dry, transition will begin 

Tuesday night:    Rain is likely 

Wednesday :       Rain 

Thursday through Saturday, unsettled with some rain at times thunder,  lightning, and hail.

Great news for mountains like Mammoth, they can see 4 feet of snow!!!  “Yep Linos is loving this.“

These are all early estimates.

The short term models take over Monday and the numbers will be fine tuned.

The one thing I will say is this is not going to be a pre-winter storm.

We will see strong south winds, quite a bit of rain, and cold weather.

                                   “Welcome to the rainy season.“ 

Enjoy the great weather, you will not see this for a week or so. 

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