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February’s Start Will Be Wet and Wild Thanks to Atmospheric River

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Get out your umbrellas. You'll need them Thursday. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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Fresno will get some early-spring weather this weekend and through Tuesday as temperatures soar into the low 70s. But don’t get too comfortable — February will have a wet and wild start with an atmospheric river winer storm that will dump rain in the Valley and snow in the Sierra.

The warmer weather is being pulled from warmer Pacific waters by the approaching low-pressure system that is coming from the northeast Pacific and is due by Wednesday afternoon, Jim Bagnall, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Friday afternoon.

The bulk of the cold-weather storm will be on Thursday, with rainfall totals of 1 inch in Fresno and elsewhere in the Valley and 2 to 2 1/2 inches in the foothills, he said.

Snow levels will drop to 7,000 feet, with 2 feet of snow at lower elevations and 3 feet at the Sierra crest, Bagnall said.

The precipitation is forecast to taper off Friday, but that won’t be the last of it in February. The forecast is for a chance of above average precipitation through the month, he said, adding, “Winter. Finally.”

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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