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The forecast is simple: Rain! But, how much rain depends on your location in the Tri-Counties

Two storm systems could bring 1-3" of rain for parts of the Tri-Counties between now and Sunday.

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Counties could get 1-3" of rain, while Ventura County could see less an an inch.

The first wave of a two-part storm system has arrived in the Tri-Counties, and we could see some locally heavy rain at times. The forecast for the pair of storms has changed almost daily this week, and it’s changed yet again.

It started with two systems, but now it looks like at some point they could merge into one. The first one arrived on the Central Coast Thursday afternoon. It’s expected to slide down the coast through the region Thursday night.

But, new computer models say instead of continuing south, it will stall south of Ventura County, and then shift back north into San Luis Obispo County.

The second storm is expected to arrive Saturday, so the two systems will in effect overlap. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties could see 1-3” of rain, while Ventura County is expected to get a quarter of an inch to an inch of rainfall.

Some mountain areas in San Luis Obispo County could see extreme rain, with six inches possible.

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.