Weather Alerts for this week & weekend


For Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties…

…Periods of rain with potential for significant accumulations for Southwest California Thursday through Tuesday…

…Heavy rain and damaging south winds expected Friday and Friday night…

…Potential for heavy snow at higher mountain elevations Friday into Saturday


  • Series of storms to move across the area Thursday through next Tuesday;   

o    Periods of heavy rain likely Friday into Friday night

o    Rain and snow showers mainly over the mountains Saturday afternoon through Sunday

  • Potential heavy snow at higher mountain elevations Friday through Saturday morning

o    1-2 feet possible above 7500 feet

o    6-12 inches between 6000 and 7500 feet

  • Damaging south to southwest winds  

o    Friday and Friday night (gusts 60-80 mph mountains, 30-50 mph coast/valleys)

o    Monday through Monday evening

  • High surf with strong rip currents, Thursday through Sunday (highest surf Saturday)

o    10 – 18’ surf Central Coast

o    8 – 13’ surf L.A. and Ventura Coasts


  • Flash flooding, mud, and debris flows for Santa Barbara, Ventura, LA counties

o    Especially recent burn areas.

  • Widespread urban roadway flooding likely during periods of  heavy rainfall
  • Flooding of small streams and creeks
  • Numerous downed trees and powerlines due to strong winds
  • Risk of rock and mudslides – especially canyon roadways.
  • Winter travel conditions on mountain roads near/above 6,000’.
  • Strong winds over the Coastal Waters Friday will create hazardous sea conditions that persist into the weekend, including high-use nearshore waters
  • Extended period of High Surf expected Thursday through Sunday with strong rip currents, sneaker waves, and coastal erosion

Estimated Rainfall totals Thursday through Sunday:

  • Coast and Valleys: 2 to 6 inches (highest south of Point Conception)
  • Foothills and mountains: 5 to 10 inches; highest on south-facing slopes
  • Deserts: 0.75 to 1.5 inches
  • Peak rainfall rates up to 1 inch per hour Friday into Friday evening


  • High confidence in timing Thursday through early Saturday
  • Moderate confidence in rainfall amounts through early Saturday. Low to moderate confidence late Saturday through Tuesday.
  • Low to moderate confidence in timing and rainfall amounts Saturday through Tuesday


A major change in the weather pattern is expected Thursday as a large upper low approaches the West Coast and a weakening frontal system crosses Southwest California. A series of impulses will follow for Friday through Sunday, with the potential for heavy rain Friday morning through early Saturday morning.  Snow levels will range between 6,000 to 7,500 feet Friday into early Saturday, with heavy snowfall possible at higher mountain elevations.  Additional rain and snow is expected, mainly over the mountains, late Saturday into Sunday as a moist flow remains over the area. There is the potential for periods of strong southerly winds over the area, Friday and Friday night, and again Monday through Monday evening. Model forecasts show another upper low setting up west of the California/Oregon border on Monday with rain affecting the entire California coast through Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday.

NWS will continue to provide email updates if the forecast changes or check our website at

Contact NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard at (805) 988-6619 for 24×7 forecast updates (unlisted).

Monitor NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard Facebook and Twitter for additional information.

Flash Flood

Big Storm Expected this week! Stay INFORMED and be PREPARED!


BIG STORM EXPECTED this week (continuing through the weekend). Sign-Up for VC alert to stay informed. Go over emergency plan and supplies. And of course, don’t forget to turn off your irrigation, Click this link for a full report:

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In cooperation with Smith Pipe and Supply at 3060 Sherwin Avenue in Ventura, the City offers the Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel, (retail value of $92)  for only $45 plus tax.  The barrels are available at their Ventura location, with a Rain Barrel Discount Voucher and proof of city residence.  Two rain barrel discounts are permitted per residential address with the voucher.  Additional rain barrels may be purchased at the full retail price. The rain barrel is for non-potable water use only. Vouchers are available through Environmental Sustainability by calling 652-4584. This program is subject to supply and funding availability.


Prepare to Capture El Niño Rains with a Rain Barrel or Cistern

With heavy rains predicted for this winter, it’s time to invest in a rain barrel or Cistern!rainbarrel

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, in cooperation with Smith Pipe & Supply, are pleased to offer Ventura residents a Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel at the discounted price of $45 plus tax ($92 retail value). Present this voucher at Smith Pipe & Supply, 3060 Sherwin Ave. in Ventura to receive the discount on up to two rain barrels per customer or residential address. Please bring proof of your City of Ventura residency, such as your Ventura Water or other utility bill. These rain barrels are for non-potable water use only and the program is subject to availability. Click here to learn more, or to download the the voucher, click here.

Also, take advantage of funds available from the Ventura Water Incentive Program to purchase a larger cistern to capture more rainwater. Storage size restrictions apply. Visit



From Ventura Water’s November 2015 Pipeline