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Rain! Tri-Counties going to see two storm systems by the end of the weekend

A pair of storm systems are expected to hit the Tri-Counties, with one on Thursday and one on Saturday.

But, rainfall amounts are now projected to be much less than originally predicted.

Rain is on the way for the Tri-Counties. But, it may not be as much as first expected. It’s going to be wet for the next few days, but not as wet as we thought earlier in the week.

The first of a pair of storm systems will arrive in the Tri-Counties Thursday.

San Luis Obispo County could see its peak rainfall Thursday afternoon. Santa Barbara County could pick up its strongest rainfall around 7 p.m. Thursday night, and Ventura County at around 10 p.m..

But, the jet stream has dropped out of the picture, and that is reducing projected rainfall rates. Coastal areas could see a half inch to inch of rain, with up to two inches in our mountains. The storm will clear out by Friday morning.

Then, a second storm will arrive in the Tri-Counties midday Saturday. It’s expected it will mean even less rainfall than the first one.

There are no watches or warnings for flooding, or debris flows in the region’s brush fire burn zones.

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.