Bakersfield weather forecast March 3 with Elaina Rusk

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A storm will sweep through Kern County later Thursday with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Valley to the west this afternoon. There will be a better chance of rain after 10 p.m. tonight.

It will be another warm day with rising clouds and moderate air quality in the valley. Expect highs in the 70s for the Valley, Kern River Valley and Kern Desert. Temperatures will reach the 60s in the mountainous areas of Tehachapi and Frazier Park.

As we see rain in Kern County tomorrow, we are looking to pick up about a tenth of an inch of accumulation here in the valley and in our mountains. Westerly wind gusts up to 55 mph are possible on mountain slopes in the Kern Desert tomorrow afternoon and into the evening, so take it easy if traveling on Hwy 58 or Hwy 14 Friday.

This rushing colder air will take us down to the 60s in the valley on Friday and the 40s in the southern mountains.

Colder air then rolls in from Alaska tomorrow evening, with the snow level dropping past the 4,000 foot level early Saturday. The Hanford National Weather Service predicts that snow will likely occur along Interstate 5 above Tejon Pass and along Highway 58 above Tehachapi Pass from about 4 a.m. to early morning. Saturday morning until 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. An inch or two of buildup is possible with cold gusty winds.

The weather is expected to clear up by Sunday then send us into our next warming trend over the first half of next week.

Dale D. Schrum