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How Much Rain Will Drench Fresno Sunday and Monday?



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NWS Hanford says there is a 37% chance that Fresno will receive 1 inch or more of rain Sunday night through Monday evening. (Shutterstock)
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The National Weather Service in Hanford provided the probabilities Thursday for how much rain will fall in Valley cities during the upcoming big storm.

The weather office listed the odds for 1 inch or more falling in a 12-hour period beginning at 11 p.m. Sunday in this tweet:

The storm’s impact will be most felt in the northern areas of the Valley. Isolated showers could fall in the north Valley today and Friday, NWS Hanford said.

The storm is expected to arrive from the Gulf of Alaska on Sunday morning and depart from the Valley by late Monday or early Tuesday. Drier weather is in the forecast thereafter.

Up in the Sierra, there is a high probability of 18 inches or more of snow above 9,000 feet from noon Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday.

Firefighters Try to Prevent Runoff Damage

The rain and snow that fell last weekend in the Sierra suppressed some of the wildfires burning since summer. However, the precipitation also made it difficult to use heavy equipment, according to daily firefighter reports.

At the KNP Complex fire in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, the big storm forecast led to an increased emphasis on repairs to prevent damage caused by runoff.

“Without vegetation to naturally slow water movement produced by the storm, flash flooding and heavy debris flow could be possible, bringing logs, limbs, rocks, and sediment down slopes, across roads and into streams and culverts,” the KNP update said Wednesday.

Snow Halts KNP Complex Growth

The wildfire, which was started by lightning on Sept. 9, was 60% contained as of Thursday morning, officials said. There are 567 personnel on the scene.

With a fair amount of snow covering a large portion of the burn area, KNP’s command staff also said it didn’t expect the fire to progress on Thursday.

The Windy Fire, which is also in Tulare County, was 91% contained as of Wednesday night.

(Associated Press contributed to this article.)


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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