Very low snow levels in the area, lows in the 20s predicted for Taft

 An Arctic cold front is going to sweep through the area, bringing the coldest weather of the winter to he West Side and a chance of snow showers to very low elevations.

Taft and the rest of the San Joaquin Valley are under a freeze watch that goes into effect late Thursday all the way through Monday morning.

Overnight lows are expected to fall into the 20s here on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with highs only in the 40s through the weekend.

There is going to be a slight (20 percent) chance of showers late Wednesday night and Thursday with breezy conditions making it feel even colder.

The snow level could fall as low as 2,000 feet in the southern end of the Valley, meaning the Temblors could get snow. The Cuyama Valley has a slight chance of some snow showers, too.

Travel on I-5, Highway 166 over the Grapevine and into Cuyama Valley and Highway 58 west over the Temblors could be impacted by snow and ice, so drivers should be very cautious.

Tonight's low in Taft is expected to be in the low 40s with winds increasing to 15 to 25 miles per hour after midnight.

After a relatively balmy day Wednesday with highs in the 60s, Thursday will be much colder with a high only in the upper 40s and winds gusting to 25 miles per hour making it feel even colder.

The overnight low for Thursday night into Friday is expected to right around freezing, and then drop into the upper 20s through Monday at least.