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Thursday, Jan 24 2013 10:26 AM

More rain on the way

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A wet weather system dropped a fair amount of rainfall on Bakersfield Thursday, and while more precipitation is expected through the weekend it's not expected to add up to much.

A total of .28 of an inch had fallen on Bakersfield as of 4 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Cindy Bean said. There was a 40 percent possibility of light rain Thursday evening.

The weather didn't cause many problems for morning commuters. California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez said officers didn't deal with an unusual number of incidents.

The few crashes that were listed on the California Highway Patrol's website Thursday morning were relatively minor. At 8:39 a.m. there was a collision with no injuries at southbound Highway 99 and Lerdo Highway; at 9:27 a.m. there was a hit-and-run with no injuries in the 1900 block of Belle Terrace; and shortly after 10 a.m. there were crashes without injuries reported on eastbound Highway 178 just west of Union Avenue and on Browning Road.

The high for Thursday was 61 degrees, with a low of 49 degrees expected Thursday evening.

Bean said there was a 40 percent chance of rain today, 30 percent chance Saturday and 40 percent Sunday. From Friday through Sunday only about a tenth of an inch of rainfall was expected, with the best chance of rain coming Sunday.

Motorists traveling over the Grapevine might run into problems Sunday night and Monday. Sunday night the snow level is predicted to be down to 3,900 feet. By Monday, the snow level is predicted to drop to 3,400 feet.

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