NEXT SYSTEM CUED UP
There were a few areas of locally dense fog this morning. A serious traffic accident took place near Buttonwillow, partially blamed on the fog. I think there will be another round of similar locally dense fog for Friday morning. Thereafter, an increase in clouds that will lead to another round of rain showers for central California. On Thursday, the mercury rose to the mid 60s with some sunshine beaming through the high cloudiness. Friday should look about the same. A few light showers could developing in the mountains on Friday evening ahead of the next system.
Winds will pick up on the west side of the valley Friday as low pressure approaches. This should be another "rain shadow" situation with rainfall minimized over the Bakersfield area. Nonetheless, expected totals have gone up slightly from yesterday's predictions. Now, the South Valley should see between a tenth and a quarter inch of rain from Saturday late afternoon through mid-day on Sunday. It will still be mild with highs in the mid 60s for both Friday and Saturday. Snow levels should remain well above the major passes: 7,000' on Saturday falling to 5,500' Sunday. Alta Sierra is open early this year, starting this weekend. They have a 3 foot base and some light snow showers are forecast for the weekend. Get up to Alta Sierra if you can.
Upper level high pressure will then build in from the west. All precipitation should cease in Kern County Monday and beyond. One more minor wave will pass through the region next Wednesday bringing an increase in clouds but no rainfall. Massive ridging then expands over the west coast with sunny dry conditions in the mountains for the end of next week, and an increasing chance for fog in the central valley. Models do bring another fast moving system through on the following weekend, but it will likely not produce any precipitation. Windy weather could develop in the mountains for that system.
As I've mentioned, the broad seasonal outlook is looking drier than normal. After the Wet Weekend coming up, that might be it for a while.
Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO- December 5, 2019 6:54 PM
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