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Tuesday, Feb 05 2013 05:21 PM

Wet weather on the way

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    The morning sun comes through the scattered clouds seen from southeast Bakersfield Wednesday with rain in the forecast sometime this week.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Five-year-old Richard Yaeger and eight-year-old Theresa Hall jump off rocks while playing at Lake Ming in Bakersfield Monday.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A weak storm system is slated to come through Bakersfield beginning Thursday with a good possibility of rain lasting until early Saturday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Andersen said there's very little moisture in the system headed toward Bakersfield, and total rainfall for Thursday and Friday combined isn't expected to add up to much.

"A tenth of an inch would be pretty generous at this point," Andersen said.

There's a 40 percent chance of rainfall Thursday, with a 50 percent chance Friday, Andersen said. The system will be widely scattered, and as much as an inch of snow could fall on the Grapevine.

Traffic could be impacted by the snow, but not enough is expected to close the Grapevine.

Andersen said a high of 58 degrees is forecast for Thursday with a low of 40 Thursday night. Friday's high is expected to be 51 degrees, with the low dropping to 35.

Temperatures will rebound a bit with a high of 53 on Saturday and almost 60 on Sunday, he said. And while some patchy fog could appear Wednesday morning, once the system blows in Thursday there's not likely to be any.

Anderson said Bakersfield is off from its average July through January rainfall. Normal precipitation over that period is 3.24 inches, and from July 1, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013 only 1.62 inches had fallen.

"We're quite dry," he said.

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