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Storm System Expected To Develop Across Southern U.S.; Fire Weather Concerns In Southern California

A system is expected to develop across the southern tier of the U.S. and produce a few hazards. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms and locally heavy rain is possible from southeast Texas to southwest Louisiana, while heavy accumulating snow is expected across parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, elevated to critical fire weather concerns are forecast through Friday in southern California. Read More >

Fire Weather Watch is in effect from Thursday morning through Friday Afternoon for the Kern County Mountain areas for low humidities and gusty winds. Open fires and burning are not recommended.
A Wind Advisory for parts of Kern County is in effect from late Wednesday night through Thursday at 4 PM. The Tehachapi and Grapevine areas are included in this advisory. The Bakersfield area has been added to the Wind Advisory, and gusts up to 40 mph are possible there after 8 AM Thursday. Use caution while driving through these areas, especially if you have a high profile vehicle.
Here are some forecasted wind gusts for Thursday in the Grapevine area in southern Kern County. Gusts around 50 mph will be possible.
High fire danger will occur on Thursday and Friday in the Tehachapi Mountains as strong, easterly winds and low humidity will lead to the potential of rapid fire spread. Heed this advice to help prevent wildfires.


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