Slow, wet Pacific storm moves onshore the next three days

Oncoming storm brings thunderstorm threat today

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Wednesday's high temperatures were just around average high of 80 degrees for the valley.

Clouds continue to increase this morning as a strong, wet Pacific storm slowly moves toward the Central California coastline. We'll see a bit of a breeze bringing our afternoon highs to just the mid-70s here in the valley, upper 60s in the Kern River Valley and just the upper 50s in the mountains of Tehachapi and Frazier Park. That's still warm enough, relatively speaking, to trigger instability and a thunderstorm threat across Kern County this afternoon into this evening.

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By Friday the storm system is expected to be overhead with more rain showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon and evening hours.

The storm system will shift to the east at a slow pace Saturday, with rain chances continuing, especially for the mountain and desert communities.

For Mother's Day on Sunday, we can expect a return to the upper 70s here in the valley with puffy cumulus clouds and great air quality, but there's a chance for some lingering showers in our mountain and desert cities as the storm system finally pushes out of the way.

High pressure returns on Monday with sunshine and a quick jump back to our seasonal 80's here in the valley.

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