Has anyone been out to the Kern River area recently, either the Needles or some of the lower-lying crags in the area? I'm not too familiar with the region or the local climate- is there a large temperature difference between the lower-elevation crags and the higher stuff like the Needles?
I saw IG photos of climbers at dome rock 2 weeks ago. Kern river highway and generals highway are open, I confirmed with the FS. The dirt road to needles camp is closed tho. I'm just waiting for a good weather window to go, there is no snow. Voodoo dome and dome rock both would be good choices
The Kern River area and the Needles area is substantially different. The elevation difference between the two is probably 4,000-5,000'. Also, though it's really a poor snow year, there is still some snow up near the Needles. I would suspect the rock might be dry (though check that after the recent storm that rolled through on Sunday/Monday), but there will likely be snow in the gullies and it will be cold. I was in Camp Nelson a couple of weeks ago (which is down road of the Needles and about 3,000' lower), and the day time temps in the sun were mid-50s, so it would be quite a bit colder higher up. Here's a link to some Sierra webcams: https://rockyags.cr.usgs.gov/dashboards/WebCam.htm
Check the one for Mount Jordan. They have one pointing south toward the Needles. Keep in mind though that Dome Rock is a much easier approach and is south facing, so will probably be climbable if the weather's good. I haven't heard about the Great Western Hwy. being open. They normally close it every year at the Ponderosa, about 2 miles north of Dome Rock, even when the snow levels are low. If it's gated, it's only about a 2-3 mile walk on flat road to get to Dome. If it's dry, it would be very bikeable.