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How Warm (and Wet) Will Next Week’s Atmospheric River Be in Fresno?

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Rain on Wedneday will be replaced by clearer weather through this weekend, but more wet weather is on the way. (Shutterstock)
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If you’ve been holding off on doing your yard work, this weekend will be your best chance to take care of it — unless you like to work in the rain.

An atmospheric river of tropical moisture is forecast to bear down next week on the West Coast starting Tuesday and intensifying through Thursday, bringing heavy rain, high winds, and in Fresno, high temperatures in the lower 70s, said Emily Wilson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Hanford.

Snow also will be falling at higher elevations in the Sierra starting above 8,500 feet and dropping to 7,500 feet, Wilson said.

The moisture-laden storm is coming out of the tropical Pacific, which explains the warmer-than-usual temperatures forecast for Monday and Tuesday that could potentially tie the record highs set for those days of 73 in 1960 and 74 in 1984.

Interior California should brace for higher winds as well as moisture, and coastal erosion could occur due to heavy rainfall.

Slightly Above Average Rainfall So Far in 2024

As of Wednesday morning Fresno’s rainfall total since the start of 2024 was 1.78 inches, just slightly higher than the average of 1.71 inches, Wilson said. That doesn’t include the 1.03 inches that fell over three hours Wednesday morning at the Fresno airport, she said.

For the annual rain season, Fresno is more than 2 inches drier than normal thus far, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data.

Rainfall in next week’s atmospheric river storm could total at least 1 inch across the Valley by next Thursday, Wilson said.

As for the long-term forecast, at this point February is shaping up to be a wet month, 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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