Don’t be fooled by today’s dry weather. More rain is headed to the Valley floor Tuesday and snow will fall again in the high Sierra.

Yes, it has been quite a wet winter.

Seasonal Rain, Snow Totals

Mendota Tornado

Mendota experienced a tornado Saturday. The National Weather Service Hanford confirmed that it was an EF 0 tornado. That is the weakest category of tornadoes with wind gusts of 65 to 85 mph.

Valley Floor Could See Up to 2 Inches of Rain

The NWS says that “additional moisture, or the atmospheric river plume, will into our area from the southwest by Tuesday afternoon to begin producing rain over much of the region, and the heavier precipitation will begin in earnest by Tuesday night.”

The NWS predicts up to 2 inches of rain on the Valley floor, with up to 3 inches in the foothills. Heavy snow is forecasted above 7,000 feet.

“Flooding, mudslides, and debris flows remain a concern, with the greatest threat near the recent burn scars,” warns the NWS.

After this latest system passes through, temperatures will drop and there could be light rains through Saturday. The colder air, however, will drop the snow level to as low as 3,000 feet.

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