Winter weather conditions are forecast for Santa Barbara County through this weekend, and Carpinteria will be under a Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service beginning on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 a.m. and currently forecast to last until Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 a.m. Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Those living in areas prone to flooding, and in and below recent burn areas, should stay aware of changing conditions and be prepared to take protective actions such as moving to high ground. Carpinterians are welcome to come pick up sand bags from the Public Works yard at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., to protect their property from flooding.
Extreme cold temperatures, continued wind, and rain are possible through the weekend. The National Weather Service has also issued a Blizzard Warning for the county’s interior mountains beginning on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 a.m. and possibly lasting through Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. This means that the county’s interior mountains (not the coast) could experience heavy snow with winds gusting up to 75 miles per hour with near zero visibility. Please avoid traveling in these dangerous conditions.