Atmospheric mixing Monday helped break apart the stubborn stratus deck that left gray cloud cover trapped here in the valley over the weekend. Those clear skies this morning are leaving us with some valley fog but we'll have sunshine and a jump in temperatures later today.
Expect a Bakersfield high of 59 today, a few degrees above average this time of year. Air quality is moderate and there are no restrictions but burning is discouraged. The Kern River Valley will also be in the mid-50s today with the Tehachapi and Frazier Park areas in the lower 50s with plenty of sunshine.
We will see the first storm in a series moving onshore Wednesday, so expect increasing clouds tomorrow with a warm valley high of 74 before we get rain here in the valley around sunset. We'll see waves of rain through the night into Thursday(with a steady rain in the mountains) before a brief break that night as we wait for the second storm to arrive Friday.
That second storm is just as wet, but it's a bit colder. So that gives us a better chance of snow down to pass level, which means accumulating snow for Frazier Park and Tehachapi Saturday morning!
The third system is slightly warmer, so it looks like rain during the day and then turning to snow at or just above pass level Sunday night into Monday morning.
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