Light rain forecast for Friday evening, Feb. 21

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The Drought Monitor for Feb. 18 shows a large portion of California is abnormally dry.


By Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News senior reporter

February has been bone dry in Southern California, but a cold storm system could bring rain and mountain snow on Saturday.
"We've got a weak system that's dropping down out of the north and will move eastward across Ventura and Los Angeles counties Friday night into Saturday, bringing us some light rain showers," said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
Rainfall totals are expected to be between a quarter-and-a-half inch, Sweet said, with 2 to 4 inches of snow above 5,000 feet.
Maximum temperatures Saturday will be in the mid-60s, with a high near 70 on Sunday. Minimum temperatures will be in the low to mid-40s.
It has been over a month since the region received any rainfall at all, according to data from the Ventura County Watershed Protection District. At Matilija Canyon, 0.61 inches fell in mid-January, but the location has received no precipitation in February.
Normal rainfall for Matilija Canyon the first two months of the year is nearly 15 inches.
"This is normally one of our heaviest months for rain," said Sweet. "So, we're now relegated to looking for a Miracle March."
Mostly clear and warmer weather is forecast once Saturday's storm passes, with a chance of gusty north to northeast winds Monday and Tuesday.
"It's looking dry through the rest of the month," Sweet said.


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