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Monday, Feb 18 2013 06:41 PM

Winter Storm Warning: snow expected

The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 10 a.m. tomorrow until 10 a.m. Wednesday above 2000 feet elevation in the Kern County Mountains including Tehachapi.

Heavy snow and strong winds are predicted with snow accumulation of one to three inches forecast above 2000 feet and four to seven inches above 5000 feet.

The snow may begin tonight with an 80 percent chance by midday Tuesday with the heaviest snow in the afternoon and overnight. Snow will decrease on Wednesday morning.

Temperatures are expected to fall by Tuesday with a low of 17F on Tuesday night.

Winds southwest 25 to 35 mph are expected with gusts up to 75 mph over the ridges and favorably oriented passes and canyons.

Additional storms may bring snow throughout the week and into the weekend.

Snow may make roads impassable and will lower visibilities. Winds will create areas of blowing and drifting snow and could make travel difficult.
Roads impacted include Highway 58 through Tehachapi, Interstate 5 over the Grapevine and Highway 178 through Walker Pass as well as local roads including Tehachapi-Willow Springs Road, Cameron Canyon Road and Water Canyon Road.

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