It may be time to turn on the heater.

Temperatures in Bakersfield this week will hit lows in the low 50s, and on Wednesday will even dip into the 40s, according to the National Weather Service. 

Plus, wintry weather is forecast over the higher elevations of the Sierra, with precipitation arriving in Merced and Mariposa counties Wednesday and spreading to Kern Wednesday night into Thursday. 

"A potentially significant winter-type storm will impact Central California beginning Wednesday as it drops south from the Northeast Pacific," says a weather service news release sent Monday.

"Current model projections suggest there could be significant rain and snow with this system, impacting portions of the southern Sierra with the possibility of snow-covered roads and treacherous winter driving conditions above 7,500 feet."

While an inch or two of snow is expected at elevations of 6,500 feet, and as much as one to two feet above 8,000 feet, especially north of Kings Canyon, areas in Kern County will likely only receive rainfall, if anything.

In Frazier Park, for example, temperatures most of the week will hit lows of 43 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for a chance of showers with a low of 37 degrees Thursday night, still five degrees above freezing.

But that's nothing compared to what Bakersfield residents endured in 1931, when record lows of 22 degrees were recorded on Nov. 23 and 24. 

Temperatures of forty-something degrees seem positively balmy in comparison. Regardless, keep a sweater handy. 

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