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When the rain clears at the end of December, the forecast calls for lows near or below freezing through mid-January. (Shutterstock)
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What’s coming after these latest storms clear from Fresno and other Valley cities after Christmas?

If the weather prognosticators are right, you better add another blanket to the bed.

In its long-range forecast, AccuWeather is predicting lows near or below freezing starting on Dec. 30. The Jan. 5 prediction for Fresno is an overnight low of 27 degrees.

Meteorologists expect an arctic airmass riding an upper jet stream into California to produce the low temperatures

Sunshine will accompany the “cold bomb” until the middle of January when rain and warmer temperatures are expected.

Rain, Snow Through the Weekend

The National Weather Service’s Hanford office said Wednesday morning that there will be moderate to occasionally heavy rain over the Valley through Friday.

After a short break from precipitation on Friday night, the rain returns on Saturday.

Two to 4 feet of snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada above 5,000 feet. Snowfall through Friday afternoon at some locations above 7,000 feet could reach 6 feet, the weather office said.

After a dry Sunday, rain returns Monday.

Be Careful if You Travel

Forecasters warned that multiple rounds of rain, mountain snow, and gusty winds will affect travel.

Chains are required on some stretches of routes through the Sierra, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Travelers are advised to check the Caltrans travel information webpage for weather, road conditions, and potential road closures.

You can view real-time conditions at South Lake Tahoe at this link.

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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