Small Chance for Rain & Mountain Flurries This Weekend

Dry, Sunny, Warmer by Midweek

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -

It was a beautiful day today and perfect weather to start off the weekend thanks to all the sunshine. Even though we had nice sky conditions, temperatures were still cool and below normal, but slightly warmer than yesterday. Bakersfield topped out at 57 degrees this afternoon. Breezy conditions persisted for the mountain communities, making it feel very chilly. Overall, we've had a northwesterly breeze the past few days, and that has kept temperatures cool, but also has helped push all the smog out, allowing good air quality in the valley!

There are two storm systems I'm tracking this weekend. The first one is currently up to the northwest, and that will slide down the California coast on Saturday. It looks like there will only be light rain precipitation associated with this system, as the models show most of the moisture staying offshore. I'm expecting increasing clouds throughout the day on Saturday with isolated showers possible that night and into Sunday. Majority of us will remain dry, but there is that small chance some of us could see some sprinkles.

The second system on Sunday will follow a very similar pattern, bringing another small chance of showers through Monday. Both of these systems will keep ushering cold air into Kern County, so below normal temperatures will continue into the beginning of next week. At most we'll see a few hundredth of an inch of rain, but we also can't rule out the chance for a dusting of snow in the mountains. Temperatures will be cold enough for pass level snow, but we also need the precipitation, and I just don't think we'll have much to work with. 

Conditions will fully dry up into Tuesday and high pressure will begin to build in from the west. That means plenty of sunshine for the remainder of the week. Temperatures will also begin to warm progressively each day, until we hit 70 degrees in the valley on Friday.

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