BY LAURA LIERA Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The winter storm approaching Kern County from the coast is moving very slowly and is only expected to drop a few rain showers in Bakersfield and a few inches of snow in the mountains this weekend.
According to Jim Andersen, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Hanford, Bakersfield is not expecting heavy rain.
"This storm coming in from the Morro Bay area is only going to bring about a quarter of an inch of rain to Bakersfield, so no heavy rain is expected," he said.
Because the storm is traveling slowly, the moisture coming in from the south will affect the east side of the Kern mountains.
"The snow that will be accumulating will be on the east side of the mountains and some local areas might see more snow than in other areas," he said.
Tehachapi is expected to accumulate approximately 3 to 5 inches of snow, with wind gusts to about 50 mph.
Dennis Wahlstrom, Tehachapi public works director, says the streets and roads department is always ready during winter storms.
"We have four plows ready to clear main streets once it starts coming down," he said. However, Wahlstrom did mention that the city has trouble clearing residential streets because of where the snow lands.
"We have a hard time because the snow is thrown to the side, which means it lands in front of people's driveways," he said.
Both Frazier Park and Lake Isabella are expected to accumulate less snow than Tehachapi, according to Andersen.
The accumulation of snow may impact travel on mountain roads including Interstate 5 over the Grapevine and Highway 58 through the Tehachapi pass. Visibility will be reduced in areas of blowing and drifting snow, according to the NWS.
Get the latest road conditions by calling 1-800-GAS-ROAD.