It's been a cold one today with temperatures over 10 degrees below normal. The breezy conditions for the mountain and desert locations have made it feel like temperatures are in the teens or even single digits, in some spots!
Clouds have stuck through the day, but have been clearing through the evening, which will leave us with mostly clear skies into the morning. Right now, we have a Freeze Warning that goes into effect at 2 AM until 8 AM for the valley, where we will see temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to the mid 30s. Make sure to protect your pipes, plants, and pets during the cold and frosty morning.
By Friday afternoon, we'll see mostly sunny skies and temperatures a few degrees warmer than today, but still remaining below average. Valley temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s. We'll see upper 40s to lower 50s in the Kern River Valley, lower to mid 40s for the mountain communities, and lower to mid 50s for the desert locations. Make sure you keep the jackets with you tomorrow, but enjoy the sunshine and quiet weather if you're headed out of town for the weekend.
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Rain chances will pick up again into Saturday evening as the next storm system drops down from the north. Models are having a hard time pinpointing when and where we'll see precipitation for Kern County, but I think we could see some scattered rainfall starting late Saturday, continuing all the way through Monday. Even if this system doesn't bring all that much precipitation, it will bring cold air, so any moisture at pass level or above could turn to snow on Sunday and Monday.
A ridge of high pressure will start building in as we make our way into the middle of next week, and conditions look to stay sunny and dry for a extended time after that.
In the meantime, keep in mind that we have made great strides with the drought this winter season! Most of Kern County (Bakersfield, Lake Isabella, Tehachapi) has recovered from the drought, but areas like Frazier Park and Taft are still in the 'Abnormally Dry' to 'Moderate' category. The drought is not officially over yet for the county, but the 4.22" of rain we've received so far this year has really made a difference!
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