LAST DAY OF WINTER / SPRING STARTS RAIN EVENT
A picture perfect final day of winter. Temperatures will start in the 30's and 40's across the county. Afternoon temperatures ending seasonal with Bakersfield in the low 70's, mountain locations in the upper 50's, and the Kern River valley and desert locations in the 60s. Skies will be clear for most of the day with increasing clouds by tonight.
A subtropical jet stream will move in out of the Southwest bring in a threat for rainfall Tuesday into Friday. A deep low pressure system will move the subtropical jet into the state. It has the potential of producing flooding in Southern California where recent wildfires have been. Kern County will likely see up to an 1.00 - 4.00" of rain during that period. Here is what we are thinking: south valley .75-1.50", mountain areas 1.50-3.00", Kern River valley 2.00-3.25" and desert areas .75-1.25". Snow levels will stay fairly high due to the mild nature of the jet stream. Friday still levels could fall to 5,000'. That made will change as we get closer to Friday.
Expect significant flooding in many spots. If you see flash flooding make sure to turn around from that area that has water moving. 1 foot of moving water can this place any vehicle.
Temperatures will likely stay in the mid-60s across the county. 40's and 50's in our mountain areas.
Dryer air returns by The Weeknd with a gradual warming trend until of 70's.
Spring starts Tuesday. It will end Thursday, June 21st.
Morning Forecaster Aaron Perlman- March 19, 2018 7:11 AM
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