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Central, South Coasts facing major storm, with concern about possible debris flows in Santa Barbara County's Alisal Fire burn zone

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A storm could bring heavy rainfall to parts of the Central and South Coasts. This is some rainfall from a past storm in Montecito's Upper Village area.

1 to 3 inches of rain expected on coast and inland, with up to 6 inches possible in some mountain areas.

A major storm could drop heavy rain on parts of the Central and South Coasts, and create problems for Santa Barbara County’s recent Alisal Fire burn zone. The storm is moving slightly slower than expected, but after hitting parts of Northern California hard, it’s our turn.

An upper level low pressure system off of Seattle is spinning moisture our way, in the form of an atmospheric river.

We could see 1-3 inches of rain on the coast and inland, with potentially up to 6 inches in some mountain areas.

San Luis Obispo County is expected to get its heaviest rain Monday night, with Santa Barbara County getting soaked Monday night into early Tuesday. The storm is expected to hit Ventura County the hardest after daybreak Tuesday.

There is a flash flood watch for the Alisal Fire burn zone from 6 p.m. Monday until noon Tuesday. Santa Barbara County issued an evacuation order for the burn zone. The area is sparsely populated, but mountain rounds could be impacted by debris flows.

One to three feet of snow is possible above the 7,000 foot level.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.