Slow moving storm crosses over Kern County, bringing rain, thunderstorms

Rain arrives as thunderstorm threat intensifies

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - With thin clouds passing through ahead of an approaching system, the south valley was once again spoiled with highs in the 70s and great air quality Monday.

A slow moving storm is pushing onshore today, taking a track right over our heads from San Luis Obispo to Phoenix. We've already seen some scattered showers in the early morning hours, and the rain really picks up later today. Expect a high of 76 in Bakersfield, 67 in Isabella, 59 in Tehachapi and 55 in Frazier Park.

We'll see the steady rain start in Frazier Park at mid-day and then it doesn't let up until late tonight. With all that rain at once, we are concerned about the threat of flooding and possibly mudslides on the Grapevine, as has been the case with storms like this in the past. The valley is looking at rain and thunderstorm threats during that time frame as well, but it's more likely in the mountains.

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Tomorrow the back side of the storm system will leave behind lingering showers along with isolated thunderstorms for our mountain and desert communities. There's even a chance that showers could linger near the Isabella region on Thursday.

Thankfully we're warming up to the seasonal 80s with sunshine for the rest of the week, and it looks like we'll be able to just hold off the 90s through Memorial Day weekend!

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