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Plan for a wet New Year’s Eve, followed by a dry New Year’s Day

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Weather conditions will be split over the holiday weekend. Friday is mostly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. High temperatures will stay cool in the low 60s, but increase a tad from Thursday.

It will be a stormy last day of 2022 on Saturday, so plan your New Year's Eve accordingly! The system will bring consistent rain, which may be moderate to heavy at times. Peak rain rates will be a half inch to three quarters of an inch per hour. Be wary of roadways and areas that are prone to flooding.

In total, we are expecting around 1 inch on the coast, and up to 3 inches in mountains with up to 4 inches in southwest-facing slopes. Snow will stay above 7,500 feet until night, when they drop to 4,500 feet.

Around 8:00 pm, temperatures will be in the low 50s with a likely chance of rain. At midnight, temperatures will be around the upper 40s to low 50s, and there will be a slight chance of rain showers as the worst of the storm will have moved just beyond our area.

Southwesterly winds will be gusty for the duration of the storm, and a high wind watch is in effect for all mountain areas from 7:00 am Saturday through the afternoon. Winds will stay gusty for some on Sunday, switching to a northwesterly direction. However, conditions will dry out. Temperatures will cool slightly with colder air, putting highs in the mid to upper 50s, a few degrees below normal.

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