Cold air mass leads to more freeze warning after showers end. Snow will impact roads and highways in high country.

There is an 80 percent chance of rain or snow in Taft as a weather system moves into a very cold airmass.

The precipitation is expected to hold off until Saturday morning, according to the latest information from the National Weather Service.

The snow level in the Southern San Joaquin Valley is expected to fall to as low as 500 feet overnight and into Saturday, putting Taft into the snow zone.

No accumulations are expected, however. However, the weather is expected to make travel difficult on nearly all the roads going into the higher terrain. Highway 166 south of Maricopa and Highway 58 in the Temblors will definitely be impacted by snow, as well the major routes like I-5 over the Grapevine and Highway 58 through Tehachapi.

The latest forecast Friday afternoon showed the best chance of snow in Taft is between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. with a chance of cold rain showers after that.

Saturday will be cold, wet and windy with a southwest wind of 10 to 20 miles per hour in the morning then becoming northerly in the afternoon up to 30 miles per hour. The high is expected to be about 48.

The weather should dry out Saturday night, but the very cold weather will continue with hard freeze warnings going into effect starting at midnight Saturday.

Lows in the the taft will be around 35 overnight tonight into Saturday, then fall 28 early Sunday and 27 early Monday. Highs Sunday and Monday will stay in the low to mid 40s.

Here is the full text of a weather advisory from the National Weather Service:

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY.

...POSSIBLE SNOW ON THE VALLEY FLOOR FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY...

...ANOTHER ROUND OF VERY COLD TEMPERATURES THIS UPCOMING WEEKEND...

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

* HARD FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS MORNING. SEE

SFONPWHNX FOR DETAILS.

* STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE REGION TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY.

PRECIPITATION MAY BEGIN AS SNOW OR A RAIN AND SNOW MIX BEFORE

CHANGING OVER TO ALL RAIN BEFORE ENDING. ACCUMULATING SNOW IS

POSSIBLE BUT AMOUNTS ARE UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: BAKERSFIELD...VISALIA...HANFORD...LEMOORE...

AVENAL...CORCORAN...MERCED...MADERA...FRESNO...LOS BANOS...

COALINGA...MENDOTA.

* IMPACTS: LONG DURATIONS OF TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING WILL

DAMAGE UNPROTECTED VEGETATION. PEOPLE...PETS AND LIVESTOCK FEEL

THE EXTREME COLD AS WELL. IN TERMS OF THE POSSIBLE SNOW LATE

TONIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING...PASSES ON HIGHWAYS LEADING

TO THE CENTRAL COAST...SUCH AS 41...46...58...152...166 AND 198

MAY BE SNOW COVERED. MOTORISTS SHOULD CHECK LATEST ROAD

CONDITIONS BY CONTACTING CALTRANS AT 1-800-427-7623.

* STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...OR YOUR FAVORITE NEWS

SOURCE...FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

* STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE REGION THROUGH SATURDAY.

PRECIPITATION MAY OCCUR AS SNOW OR A RAIN AND SNOW MIX EARLY

SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO ALL RAIN. ACCUMULATING

SNOW IS POSSIBLE BUT AMOUNTS ARE UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME.

* HARD FREEZE CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY RETURN SATURDAY NIGHT AND

SUNDAY NIGHT WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS FALLING BELOW 27 DEGREES FOR

SEVERAL HOURS ESPECIALLY IN THE COLDER RURAL LOCATIONS OF THE

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: BAKERSFIELD...VISALIA...HANFORD...LEMOORE...

AVENAL...CORCORAN...MERCED...MADERA...FRESNO...LOS BANOS...

COALINGA...MENDOTA.

* IMPACTS: LONG DURATIONS OF TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING WILL

DAMAGE UNPROTECTED VEGETATION. PEOPLE...PETS AND LIVESTOCK FEEL

THE EXTREME COLD AS WELL. IN TERMS OF THE POSSIBLE SNOW LATE

FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING...PASSES ON HIGHWAYS LEADING

TO THE CENTRAL COAST...SUCH AS 41...46...58...152...166 AND 198

MAY BE SNOW COVERED. MOTORISTS SHOULD CHECK LATEST ROAD

CONDITIONS BY CONTACTING CALTRANS AT 1-800-427-7623.

* STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...OR YOUR FAVORITE NEWS

SOURCE...FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.