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Another Atmospheric River for Fresno. How Much Punch Will It Pack?

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Another storm is expected to hit the Valley on Monday night and drop more than a half-inch of rain through Wednesday. (GV Wire File)
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A storm is expected to slide into the Fresno area on Monday night and deliver about a half-inch of rain on Tuesday and perhaps a quarter-inch on Wednesday.

But, says the National Weather Service in Hanford, “this atmospheric river will not be as strong” as some of the previous atmospheric rivers to hit the Valley.

The latest weather-maker also will bring about 2 to 4 feet of snow for the southern portions of the Sierra Nevada and 1 to 4 feet in the Yosemite and central sections, the NWS said.

What’s Next After This Storm?

Fresno and surrounding communities should be dry for a spell although there could be snow showers in the Sierra over the weekend.

In addition, the Climate Prediction Center’s forecast through mid-April calls for an equal chance of wetter or drier weather than normal.

March 20, 2023 radar band. (NOAA)

Tulare County Evacuation Orders

New evacuation orders were in place Sunday near two small Tulare County communities after a levee was breached following recent downpours.

Alpaugh and Allensworth, home to a total of about 1,400 people, were ordered evacuated because of “the possibility of residents becoming isolated due to impassible roadways,” the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Crews worked Saturday to repair a breached levee along Deer Creek just north of Allensworth, a historically Black town in southwestern Tulare County, Cal Fire spokesperson Jazz Shaw said.

First responders from dozens of agencies across the state joined the sheriff’s office to protect residents from flood waters.

On Monday, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux urged residents to stay calm and work together.

“We will weather this storm,” he said in a Facebook post.

Madera County Sandbags

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office asked residents on Monday to plan ahead for the next storm. There’s a list of sandbag locations in the graphic below.

(Facebook/Madera County Sheriff’s Office)

Expect Delays on Highway 168 in the Sierra

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says that Highway 168 to Shaver and Huntington lakes continues to be affected by the snowmelt.

There is one-lane traffic control through a washout east of Cressman road that Caltrans is working on.

“Continue to expect delays going in and out of the Shaver Lake area,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Precipitation Forecast Through April 14

 

(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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