BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — High pressure is building over California, leaving us clear but cold today.
Expect a high of 53 in Bakersfield this afternoon, which is about 10 degrees below average, with good air quality. There are no restrictions but wood burning is discouraged. The rest of the valley will be in the low 50s with the desert in just the upper 40s. The Kern River Valley will be in the mid-60s today with the low 40s in Frazier Park and Tehachapi. That will lead to some mountain snow melt this afternoon which will refreeze as black ice again tonight.
You may be hearing a lot of talk about the "Super Snow Moon" today, and we do have clear skies to see it this morning and again tonight. It's a "super moon" because it's very close to Earth in its orbit, but this is the first of three super moons this year so its not a very rare event, just something interesting to watch. It's also kind of poetic that February's full moon is called the "snow moon" and our local mountains are once again waking up to a beautiful white Winter Wonderland this morning. Bundle up if you're heading out for the Full Moon Bike Ride tonight, because we'll be quickly falling to the 40s again after sunset.
Tomorrow's high is about the same at 54 with increasing clouds ahead of our next storm arriving tomorrow night. This is a cold Canadian storm, so the rain that arrives around sunset quickly turns to snow in the mountains, with the snow level falling to 2,000 feet early Thursday morning, which means we'll be seeing snow at lake level in the Kern River Valley and a few inches of snow possible over the mountain passes Thursday. As for rain totals, the valley will see a few hundredths to about a tenth of an inch, while the mountains will see a quarter inch to a half an inch of rain before it quickly turns to that snow.
If you're traveling for the weekend the roads should be clear, but cold, with passing clouds through early next week.
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Chief Meteorologist Elaina Rusk: