The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. This is due to a cold storm system moving in from the Pacific. The system will bring moderate to heavy rain across Kern County and 2-5 inches of snow at pass level in the mountain communities and along the Grapevine. Travel may be impacted during this time. Late Sunday night winds started to pick up in these areas, with 40-50 mph gusts along the I-5. The highest chance of rain will occur in the early hours of Monday. However, starting Tuesday the rain will dissipate. We can expect cool and dry conditions mid week.
If you plan on driving in the snow, we have a few tips for you:
1.) do not accelerate or decelerate quickly
2.) do not stop while driving uphill
3.) reduce speed
If you plan on driving in the rain:
1.) keep plenty of distance between the car in front of you
2.) slow down to avoid hydroplaning
3.) if you do hydroplane, do not hit your brakes
This storm system is bringing good air quality throughout Central California, which has been very rare. Kern County will have an AQI of 42 on Monday.
For the remainder of the week ahead, expect to see the 50's.