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Signs Point to Rain for Fresno, Snow for the Sierra Next Week

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Through mid-February, Fresno is nearing the amount of rain it receives in an average water year ending on Sept. 30. (Shutterstock)
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Could Fresno see more rainy days before the end of February?

According to multiple forecasts, there is a significant chance of showers daily in the Valley beginning Wednesday (Feb. 23) and continuing into early March.

How much rain, as well as Sierra snow, could this next pattern deliver?

Although one forecast says there’s a strong possibility of a powerful storm system moving into San Francisco late next week, it’s wise to remember what the National Weather Service says about predicting the weather.

“Weather forecasting is a complex and often challenging skill that involves observing and processing vast amounts of data,” writes NWS meteorologist Mark Bloomer. “Weather systems can range from small, short-lived thunderstorms only a few miles in diameter that last a couple hours to large scale rain and snow storms up to a thousand miles in diameter and lasting for days.”

While the mostly dry weather since mid-January has allowed water-logged California to dry out, another storm cycle would benefit the state. Especially with just 10 weeks left in the rainy season and parts of California still in a sustained drought.

According to the Climate Prediction Center, the entire state is trending toward above-normal precipitation for Feb. 15 through March 1.

Climate Prediction ChartCPC Rain prediction chart

Local Holiday Weekend Forecast

The Valley’s cold snap will begin breaking today, with overnight lows rising to the mid-and-high 30s, according to the NWS in Hanford. Sunny skies are expected through President’s Day with afternoon highs in the mid-60s.

After that, be on the lookout for rain on the Valley floor and snow in the Sierra.

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