...and more rain to start next week as well

Taft may escape the worst of the flooding that has hit the Kern County Mountains and Lamont area this week, but it isn't going to escape a week-long onslaught of rain.

What National Weather Service meteorologists are calling an "atmospheric river" is pumping moist subtropical air of the state, bringing flooding rains to the eastern foothills up and down the San Joaquin Valley as well as the coastal regions.

Thanks to the rain shadow effect, the western parts of the valley are expected to see light rain, at least until Monday, when more substantial rains could arrive.

A NWS weather graphic shows a prediction of about a half-inch of rain for the Taft area through the weekend.

After a break in the shower activity on Friday, another round of rain arrives on Saturday and continues well into next week.

There's a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday, 30 percent Sunday and 50 percent Sunday night, then rain is likely again on Monday with showers continuing into midweek.

Most of the rain through the weekend is expected to be light -- around a tenth of an inch or so a day -- but up to a quarter of an inch is predicted for Monday.

Temperatures will remain mild with highs in the upper 50s and 60s and lows in the upper 40s.