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Wet in the Valley, Snowy in the Sierra. What to Expect with This Week’s Weather.

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2023 will close out much like it started, with rainfall in the Valley. (GV Wire Composite/David Rodriguez)
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Planning on traveling up to the Sierra later this week? You better bring along chains.

The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 7 inches of snow could fall at Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake and as much as 4 inches of snow at Huntington Lake through Sunday in Central California’s last storm of 2023.

If you’re heading up to Shaver Lake, it will be mostly rain with a few snowflakes accumulating less than an inch of snow through Sunday, meteorologist Antoinette Serrato said Tuesday morning.

In the Fresno area, light rain is expected starting Wednesday, with more rain arriving Friday and continuing through Sunday, Serrato said. Fresno could get up to a half-inch of rainfall through the weekend, she said.

This week’s rain and snow events are due to an “unsettled pattern” and aren’t a harbinger of heavy rain and snowfall similar to last winter’s deluge, Serrato said.

Cooling Off

The high temperatures Thursday and Friday in Fresno are forecast at 65 and 66 degrees, but then will drop to 60 by the weekend, Serrato said.

In the mountains, snow levels will be at 5,000 to 6,000 feet Wednesday through Thursday but then climb to 6,000 to 7,000 feet Friday through Sunday, she said.

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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