Drive Carefully on Wet Roads
A cold front is moving quickly to the southeast and will be affecting all of Kern County this evening. The chance for rain is 50% in the south valley and 60% in the high country. Generally light amounts of rain is forecast with up to .15" possible in the Bakersfield area and up to a quarter inch in the mountains. Showers will begin around 7 PM and persist through the early hours of Friday morning. Lingering mostly light showers are possible through sunrise on Friday in the far southern portion of the valley as the western slopes of the Tehachapi mountains.
Winds will pick up in the mountains and desert areas with gusts to about 45 MPH. The windy weather should continue through Saturday. After a break on Friday afternoon, clouds will again thicken on Saturday. But the next weather system should stay primarily to our northeast. Rain will fall in northern California and about as far south as the Fresno area, but should remain north of Kern County. I do think some sprinkles are possible early Sunday morning with this system extreme south end of the valley.
Then, high pressure develops with a warming trend for next week. Computer models had disagreed on this feature, but now the European model is coming around to the same idea. So confidence in a dry and hazy week before Thanksgiving is much higher. Temperatures will be in the 60s for highs through Tuesday, with 70s likely from Wednesday through the Friday after Thanksgiving. Another disturbance will bring about the chance for more rain and cooler weather by the Saturday after Thanksgiving.