Warm Transitioning to Cold- w/ Rain
One more warm day is in store for Kern County residents on Thursday. Highs in the mid 80s. But then, major changes are determined to affect all of California. A strong cold front will be marching into the state from the Pacific late Friday with gusty winds ahead of the system that could kick up a little dust.
A Winter Storm WATCH has been posted for the high Sierra north of Kern County for late Friday through Saturday. Snow levels are expected to drop to around 5,500 feet in the Kern mountains early Saturday. For the south valley, I'm expecting between .05 and .15" with higher totals in the mountains- up to a quarter inch. 2-3" of snow is forecast above 6,500' in our mountains. It will be much cooler for this weekend, with highs only in the mid 60s for the south valley and 40s in the mountains. A Wind Advisory will likely be issued for the Kern County mountains and desert areas for late Friday into Saturday. This will be the biggest rain event in central California since last April.
Once the system blows through, it should remain fairly cool through Monday with highs in the 60s. A big ridge of high pressure is predicted to build over the state by Wednesday of next week with temperatures rising back through the 70s, peaking on Thursday into the low 80s. Slow cooling should follow for the end of next week. Computer models are now indicating that another significant weather system is cued up to blow through Kern County the end of the following weekend.
This is all a good sign that El Nino enhanced weather systems may be setting up for a better rainy season.