A winter storm soaked Ventura County on Monday, the first of two rain systems expected this week, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service.
Monday's storm was anticipated to last through the evening and bring between one-quarter to 1 inch of rain to the area. Snow levels were expected to reach as low as 2,500 to 3,000 feet elevation in the Ventura County mountains overnight into Tuesday.
By 2:30 p.m. Monday, most of Ventura County had received at least 0.05 inches of rain, with western Ventura County reporting up to 0.29 inches, according to data from the Ventura County Watershed Protection District.
After Monday's rain, a dry period is expected to last until Tuesday night, according to David Gomberg, a meteorologist with the weather service.
"Another storm is coming later in the week, perhaps as early as Tuesday night, but more likely Wednesday," Gomberg said.
The second storm is forecast to last a bit longer than Monday's, raining through Wednesday into Thursday. Although the brunt of the storm's rainfall is expected to hit Los Angeles County, current estimates expect between 0.5-2 inches of rain for Ventura County, with higher amounts recorded in the mountains.
Forecasts show the second storm is expected to end by Friday, leaving a dry forecast for the New Year's holiday weekend.
Both storm systems will lower temperatures below seasonal averages for Ventura County, with lows dipping below freezing in some of the inland valleys, including Ojai and eastern Conejo Valley. The National Weather Service issued a freeze watch beginning Monday night for possible freezing temperatures among inland valleys.
The past month has been rainier than average for Ventura County, with most rainfall exceeding the typical amount received by the end of December. However, rainfall totals still fall short of overall season totals, according to Ventura County Watershed Protection District data.
Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter covering the night shift for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.
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