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Thursday, Dec 20 2012 08:16 PM

Cold temperatures expected to let up a bit as new storm arrives

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Thursday's temperatures dropped to a low of 28 degrees in Bakersfield, but that was still off from the record low of 23 degrees set in 1924 for the date.

And for the next couple of days, at least, temperatures are expected to rise.

National Weather Service meteorologist Modesto Vasquez said a low of 35 degrees is expected today, with Saturday's low rising to 42 degrees.

A storm front will push through the area over the weekend, but total precipitation won't amount to much. Just .02 of an inch of rain is expected in Bakersfield today through Sunday, .03 of an inch in Delano and .04 of an inch on the Grapevine over the same time period.

Snow is not expected on the Grapevine, Vasquez said. Wind gusts Saturday over the roadway, which should see plenty of travelers this holiday weekend, are expected to be 30 to 35 mph.

While Bakersfield temperatures have been cold, southern California has seen record-breaking dips. The temperature dipped to 14 degrees in the high desert town of Lancaster Thursday morning, breaking a 2006 record low of 15 for the date, the National Weather Service told The Associated Press.

Many other areas reported lows in the 30s and 40s, and Los Angeles and San Diego temperatures dropped to 43, according to the AP. The community of Ramona in San Diego County had a low of 45, tying a 1991 record for the date.

A slight warming trend was expected through today, with Los Angeles and many other areas seeing highs in the low to mid-60s, The AP reported.

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