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Atmospheric River Isn’t Done Yet. More Rain Coming to Fresno.

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Raindrops gather on the windshield of a car as a woman carrying a rainbow colored umbrella makes her way to a coffee shop in Orinda, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. (X/@FuzyJoe)
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Bright sunshine greeted Fresno residents on Monday morning after an atmospheric river dumped about one-third of an inch of rain on the city Sunday.

However, the National Weather Service in Hanford says that the atmospheric river will continue to impact Fresno and other Valley communities through Tuesday morning.

Monday’s key NWS messages:

  • Expect extreme winter storm impacts in the Sierra Nevada above 5,000 feet through Monday night due to snow load and snow amounts up to 6 feet.
  • Excessive rainfall in the Sierra Nevada below 5,000 feet and adjacent foothills through Monday night may cause flash flooding.
  • Heavy rainfall in the San Joaquin Valley through Monday night may result in flooding of creeks, streams, and low-lying areas.

High Winds Tapering Off

“The strong winds that impacted the West Side Hills and Kern County alongside the moderate winds that impacted the rest of the San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Foothills have tapered off due to a cold front that is passing through the area,” NWS explained in its Monday morning forecast discussion.

In addition, NWS said that its Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra will continue through 4 a.m. Tuesday, as will the Flood Watch for the foothills and Valley floor.

Probabilities for Half Inch of Rain in Valley Cities

Here are probabilities that Valley cities will get an additional half inch of rain through early Tuesday morning:

  • Merced: 59%
  • Madera: 58%
  • Fresno: 66%
  • Hanford: 60%
  • Lemoore: 28%
  • Visalia: 60%
  • Porterville: 77%
  • Bakersfield: 88%

Thunderstorms, Hail Possible on Tuesday

A cold front moving through the Valley is accompanied by a slight risk of afternoon and evening thunderstorms in western Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa counties, as well as Merced County on Tuesday. If the thunderstorms arrive, they could produce heavy rainfall and pea-sized hail.

Rain is also possible through Saturday before a high-pressure ridge builds, NWS said.

 

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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