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Weather forecast: Expect snow in Kern mountains, with potential for pass closures

Eyewitness News’ Aaron Perlman delivers his weather forecast Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The first significant winter storm of the season will hit Kern County on Friday.

This will be a two-part system. The first half of the storm will be steady, light rain. The second portion will be colder in nature, allowing for snow to hit areas of our Kern mountains.

The Bakersfield area could get .10-.40 of an inch of rain. Mountain areas could see .25-.75 of an inch of rain.

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Snow levels will start at 5,000 feet and then fall to 3,000 feet overnight. We could see 2-6 inches of snow near the Grapevine. If so, expect the California Highway Patrol to have escorts along Interstate 5 overnight, along with the potential for closing the Grapevine.

Snow flurries will continue into tomorrow morning. A Winter Weather Advisory for our Kern mountain areas is in place from noon today to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The storm will leave behind chilly air. The high in the valley floor will reach the low 50s Friday and Saturday.

Mountain areas will briefly see highs in the 40s, then drop into the 30s by Saturday.

Slow warming will occur by the end of the weekend and early next week. That will likely help bring the return of dense fog Sunday or Monday.

We will not see record rainfall Friday. The day’s record is 1.57 inches set in 1933. That is the most rainfall in one day for the month of January recorded.

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