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Sierra Snow, and Maybe a Few Sprinkles for Valley on Sunday

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High-country visitors to Yosemite National Park should be prepared for an overnight storm that could bring several inches of snow above 6,000 feet starting Sunday evening, with snow spreading southward in the Sierra to the Tehachapis of Kern County by Monday.

The same storm could bring some rain to the drought-parched Valley Sunday night or early morning, but you’ll still want to leave your Sunday sprinklers on — only about one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch of rain is forecast, said Modesto Vasquez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

“It will be mainly a Sierra Nevada system,” Vasquez said Friday.

The weekend showers forecast for the Valley will extend only as far south as Fresno County, he said.

Unless Smoke Shifts, It Should Be a Great Weekend To Be Outdoors

Next week’s weather is forecast to be dry with high temperatures in the 70s, as is typical for this time of year in the Valley. But Vasquez said forecasters are looking longer range at a potential trough that could bring precipitation to Northern California and possibly a bit more rain here.

If you’re staying in the Fresno area, Saturday will be a good day for outdoor activities, assuming that the smoke from nearby wildfires or the new fire burning in Santa Barbara County does not shift in our direction. The forecast high for Fresno on Saturday is 81 degrees and 80 degrees on Sunday.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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