CLOUDY TUESDAY AND FOGGY START TO THE NORTH
A passing low to our east hanging over the four corner states has left a cloud deck over the south end of the valley. Combined with a front moving out of the northwest carrying cooler air, this will keep a cloudy and cold environment for Kern County today. Some areas of Kern County did not have the cloudy skyline to start this morning, but instead due to the clearing... patchy to locally dense fog. Where there was clear skies a Dense Fog Advisory has been posted mainly for areas north of Kern County until 10 AM. Low visibility under 500 feet has been forecast for the area. There were no school fog delays for Kern County. Interesting enough, the cloudy skyline from the clouds at the south end of the valley has made for low visibility and fog for our mountain areas of Tehachapi, Bear Valley Springs and other mountain communities along the 58. The fog clears late this morning with the cloudy skies likely hanging around the south valley all day. That will keep temperatures down for the south valley. Watch for highs a good 5-degrees below normal for Bakersfield and the south valley; mid 50's. Nights will also be just as cold as we dip into the 30's and 40's throughout the county. The colder air that comes out of the northwest from the front diving in today will linger through Wednesday. In other words... what you have today, you will have tomorrow. So... bundle up.
Slightly warmer air returns Thursday into Friday. A weak ridge out of the Pacific southwest builds. It brings an off shore flow with it. Skies will still stay partly cloudy, but the highs should end a good 5-8° above normal; mid 60's. There will be a chance for patchy fog both mornings.
Late Friday into the weekend we will stare down a threat for light showers. A front dropping out of the northwest moves through the state. Right now most models indicate the front strays just to our north. We're posting a 10-20% chance for light showers over the region those days. Precipitation if any will be light. It will bring breezy weather and colder air to the area. Highs fall a good 10-degrees from Saturday to Sunday. The storm really plays bigger to our north in the Sierras. Snow levels will fall to 5,000' in the mountain areas north of Kern County.
Next week we will face down fog and maybe a chance for rain as well.
Morning Forecaster Aaron Perlman- December 6 ,2016 7:40 AM
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