WEEKEND CLOUDS, BUT PRECIOUS LITTLE RAINFALL
Chilly conditions greeted those who ventured out early on Friday. Lows dropped into the low to mid 30s generally across the South Valley. The official low in Bakersfield was 34°. With clear skies, low humidity and calm winds- tonight will again feature equally cold conditions. I have issued a Frost Alert for the South Valley valid from 3 AM to 8 AM on Saturday morning. Cover the tender vegetation, especially in outlying areas.
Instead of an atmospheric river that we’ve come accustomed to in recent weeks, an atmospheric block has developed about 1500 miles west of California. This is composed of a large ridge of high pressure just south of Alaska that is balanced by a spinning low pressure system directly to its south. The complex is known as a “Rex Block”. This orientation shoves incoming disturbances up to the north and down to the south, effectively shielding California from storms. Despite this, a few weak impulses will move through our state beginning late Saturday through Sunday morning. There is very little moisture available for these several systems. Rain will spread into the Los Angeles area in the wee hours of Sunday morning. But only minor amounts are expected. The areas may clip Kern County on its northern edge. I have kept a 30% chance for mostly light snow showers above 3,500’ on Sunday morning. A lingering slight chance for precipitation is in the forecast for Monday, but only 20%.
A trough of low pressure will keep temperatures fairly cool Sunday and Monday. The chill in the air will last through next Tuesday, Mardi Gras. Highs in the 50s with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. After Tuesday, entering in to the month of March, Skies will be sunny during the day with rising temperatures. Highs crack into the 60s on Wednesday and 70s by Friday. The following weekend should be very spring-like, with highs into the mid 70s under mostly sunny skies.
As I mentioned on Wednesday, it now appears our 90-day period of extreme rain and mountain snow has come to an end. Drier weather is now forecast with only minor precipitation this weekend. While I do believe more rain will be forthcoming this spring, we are done with the flooding rains. The long-term drought has been met- and defeated.
Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO- 4:53 PM February 24, 2017
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