LIGHT DRIZZLE TOMORROW MORNING WITH MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES FOR THE AFTERNOON
Some light rain made its way into Kern County for the start of the morning, bringing areas across town anywhere from a trace - .10" of rain. As the front moved east, it left much cooler air set behind it so highs today only made it to 67 degrees, which is about 10 degrees cooler than what we felt yesterday! Tomorrow highs will pretty much stay the same as today with more clouds making its way in from the northwest ahead of another storm that's expected to move into the northern portion of the state tomorrow morning. We won't see any rain from this storm until your Monday morning commute.
Rain totals look pretty slim with this Monday storm as most of the rain will stay north of us, but we still may be able to squeeze out .10" of rain in the South Valley and maybe .20" in the mountains. Snow levels will also remain high at about 5,000', but we could see a dusting of snow at about 4,000' tomorrow afternoon. The main concern with this storm system is very gusty winds. We could see gusts here in the South Valley up to 40 mph and over the passes up to 50 mph. Most likely looking at the potential for a Wind Advisory for your Monday in the western ends of the county, mountains and deserts.
Tuesday, the storm becomes a cut off low and situates itself over Arizona, which will allow for some weak ridging to set in for Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning we will get a quick break from the rain with a little bit of a warm up. But, by Thursday another storm starts to tip toe its way into our forecast. Models are going back and forth with this system, the GFS model shows it becoming an inside slider indicating we may not see any rain at all, but the ECMWF and NAM are forecasting the storm a little more closer to us, meaning we could see up to .25" of rain in the South Valley and .50" in our mountains. Depending, on what happens with this storm, we could see a little early morning drizzle on your Friday morning commute and light snow showers in our mountain communities.
As we move into next weekend, we will see things dry out and heat up. Temperatures for the South Valley are trending into the 80s and 70s in our mountains. I know a lot of people have been waiting for the warmer weather (myself included) so hopefully this high pressure stays strong and the forecasts holds tight in its arrival.
Weathercaster KAHTIA HALL - 6:34 PM March 25, 2017
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