A Wild Weather Ride Coming Up
Lovely weather persisted across Kern County on Wednesday in the wake of a sharp cold frontal passage on Tuesday. Winds had diminished, except for mountain locations where it was still breezy. Highs were struggling to reach the low 70s under sunny skies. For the second straight day temperatures were actually running several degrees below the average for this date. But our mercurial springtime weather will quickly send daytime readings up.. and then quickly down.. and then dramatically up for next week. A strong low pressure system will be sending a fast moving impulse through California Friday evening and into early Saturday morning. This will primarily be a mostly overnight event. Clouds and wind should increase during the day on Friday. After a high near 80° on Thursday, it will be a little cooler on Friday afternoon as the clouds thicken. Rain should develop in the early evening as another strong cold front passes through. I'm predicting a total of .05-.20" of rainfall with this system. There is expected to be significant upsloping- meaning the south end of the valley and west slopes of the Tehachapi mountains will see enhanced clouds and precipitation late Friday until sunrise Saturday morning. Mountains and foothills will also see a bit more precipitation, .20-.35" with 1-2" of snowfall possible above 5,500' and 2-3" above 6,500'. The snow level will briefly drop to around 4,500', but all major passes should fare alright with this system. Winds will shift to northwesterly and gust up to 60 MPH in the mountains. There may again be some dust in the south valley and desert regions. Saturday will be much cooler with south valley highs only in the mid 60s and mountain highs in the mid 40s. But high pressure quickly overspreads the state and day-to-day warming will be impressive for the period Sunday through Wednesday. Sunday will see 70s, Monday 80s and Tuesday low 90s. By Wednesday it will certainly feel more like summer with highs in the mid 90s. Some cooling is forecast for the end of next week into the first weekend of May. It is a schizophrenic 10-day forecast. Get ready for a wild weather ride to end the month of April.
6:24 PM 4-23-14 Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO