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Storm drops more than 7" of rain in parts of the Tri-Counties: Snow could hit record levels

A winter storm has dropped heavy rainfall in parts of the Tri-Counties.

Santa Barbara County gets some of the heaviest rainfall.

An unusually strong, and cold winter storm has dropped significant amounts of rain in the Tri-Counties, with record snowfall a possibility.

As of 7:45 Friday night, Ventura had 1.2" of rain, Westlake Village 2.5", Santa Barbara 1.4", Arroyo Grande 2", and San Luis Obispo 2.7".

But, some mountain areas really got soaked. Gibraltar Dam recorded 7.4" of rain from the storm. And, Lake Cachuma had 5.6".

As far as snowfall is concerned, Lockwood Valley in Ventura County had a foot of snow. San Marcos Pass had about 2" of snow on Thursday, closing Highway 154 for about two hours, but it melted quickly.

The storm was expected to be as big, but not as powerful or destructive as the January 9th which destroyed, and damaged some homes and roads in the region.

The storm is expected to clear Saturday. A smaller storm originally expected to arrive on Monday night could hit the Tri-Counties Sunday night.

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.