Storm #2 has already delivered over a half inch of rain to the valley and over an inch in Tehachapi. We have been seeing some mudslides and rockslides in areas We're watching as rain in the mountain communities will turn to accumulating snow into Saturday morning.
We have a Winter Weather Advisory in effect still until 4 AM Saturday for the Kern County Mountains. We Could see 1 to 3 inches near 4,000 ft, 4 to 9 inches above 5,000 feet. This could definitely cause slick roadways, with blowing snow, so this could create hazardous travel.
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As for that snow... expect a slushy mix of snow for the mountains after the sun sets about 5 p.m. We are expecting accumulating snow down to pass level from 9 p.m. tonight through 7 a.m. (around sunrise) tomorrow. Gusty winds today could create blowing snow which would reduce visibility, so officials may have to close the passes for that reason (even if the snow isn't accumulating on the road yet). Download our FREE 23ABC mobile and tablet app to stay up-to-date with the conditions on the passes, including if/when they close: iPhone - http://bit.ly/23ABCiPhone
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Then the entire county will temporarily dry out for your Saturday, with a dry spell from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the mountains (the window of dry weather for the valley is a little longer than that).
But Storm #3 is just around the corner! Expect weather like we're experiencing today, with early morning rain turning heavy throughout the day and potentially causing damage. This third storm looks very wet, but it's also a little warmer, so there may not be snow down to pass level, though we are expecting more accumulation for the higher mountain locations like Alta Sierra, Bear Valley Springs and Pine Mountain Club.
We'll dry out on Tuesday with lingering clouds, then clear skies that night will lead to dense valley fog Tuesday morning. That fog could then get trapped in the south valley (like we saw last weekend) creating a low, gray stratus deck over the valley for a couple days.