Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
More Rain, Snow, and Sun in the Latest Fresno/Sierra Forecast
bill-new-mug-002
By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 2 months ago on
February 20, 2024

Share

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

NWS Hanford says thunderstorms are possible in the Valley today.

Heavy rain is expected tonight followed by showers Wednesday morning.

Clear skies beginning Wednesday afternoon through Friday before rain returns.


Rain, sun, and snow-capped mountains are providing beautiful views for Valley residents this winter, as seen in the image above taken by GV Wire’s Paul Marshall.

The good news is that more rain, snow, and sun are on the way.

However, that’s accompanied by the fact that the National Weather Service in Hanford has a Flood Watch in effect through 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Here are the key takeaways from Tuesday’s morning’s NWS forecast:

  • Moderate winter storm impacts are expected in the Sierra above 6,000 feet until 4 a.m. Wednesday because of total snow amounts up to 3 feet.
  • Heavy rainfall below 6,000 feet elevation north of Kern County may cause flooding of streams, creeks, and low-lying areas today.
  • Excessive rain runoff in the Sierra below 6,000 feet and adjacent foothills may result in mudslides and rockslides today.
  • There’s a thunderstorm risk in Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, and Kern counties this afternoon into this evening.

Heavy rain is expected tonight with a 40% chance of rain Wednesday morning followed by partially sunny skies, according to the NWS forecast.

Weekend Might Be Wet

Residents in Fresno and surrounding communities can expect mostly sunny skies with afternoon highs in the mid-60s and overnight lows in the mid-40s Wednesday through Friday.

However, wet skies are in the weekend forecast through at least Monday.

Saturated Southern California Deals With More Heavy Rain

Heavy rain is expected in the Los Angeles area today, picking up even more at night with an additional one to two inches on top of the two to five inches that have fallen in the area in recent days, said Bob Oravec, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Maryland.

“It’s heavy but not quite as heavy as previously,” Oravec said. “But it’s been a wet month across southern California. The ground is saturated so any additional rain can bring the chance of flash flooding.”

The upside, he said, is there’s some light at the end of the tunnel: the region isn’t expected to see more rain at least until the following weekend.

Santa Barbara Airport reopened at 5:30 a.m., a day after heavy rain on the Central Coast flooded the runways, according to a statement on its website. Airlines were notified and will be working to restore service, the statement said.

Ethan Ragsdale, a spokesperson for the Santa Barbara Police Department, implored residents to stay away from creeks and other normally tame water bodies.

“They’re absolutely dangerous,” he told The Associated Press. “There’s swiftly moving water and what we don’t want is to have somebody get injured or worse.”

(Associated Press contributed to this story.)

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Arizona Just Revived an 1864 Law Criminalizing Abortion. Here’s What’s Happening in Other States

DON'T MISS

Airlines Now Required to Give Automatic Cash Refunds for Canceled, Delayed Flights

DON'T MISS

Fresno County Appoints New Librarian. What’s Her Favorite Book Genre?

DON'T MISS

Shohei Ohtani Hits Second-Deck Home Run in Dodgers’ Road Win

DON'T MISS

Logan Webb Extends Scoreless Streak to 19 Innings as Giants Dominate Mets

DON'T MISS

Golf Has Two Dominant Forces in Scheffler & Korda. It Didn’t Happen Overnight.

DON'T MISS

Tent Compound Rises in Southern Gaza as Israel Prepares for Rafah Offensive

DON'T MISS

Costa Seeks Legislation to Prevent Reedley Lab Repeat

DON'T MISS

Fresno Home Care Workers Threaten Civil Disobedience Over Low Pay

DON'T MISS

Sacramento Bee Accused of Mangling the Facts About Fish Caught in Pumps

UP NEXT

Airlines Now Required to Give Automatic Cash Refunds for Canceled, Delayed Flights

UP NEXT

Fresno County Appoints New Librarian. What’s Her Favorite Book Genre?

UP NEXT

Golf Has Two Dominant Forces in Scheffler & Korda. It Didn’t Happen Overnight.

UP NEXT

Tent Compound Rises in Southern Gaza as Israel Prepares for Rafah Offensive

UP NEXT

Costa Seeks Legislation to Prevent Reedley Lab Repeat

UP NEXT

Fresno Home Care Workers Threaten Civil Disobedience Over Low Pay

UP NEXT

Sacramento Bee Accused of Mangling the Facts About Fish Caught in Pumps

UP NEXT

Legacy of Speed: The 1,600 Horsepower 1957 ‘Skeva’ Chevy Bel Air Built in Fresno

UP NEXT

KMJ’s Gabriel & Musson Win Radio Honors, Fresno Council Plaudits

UP NEXT

Tabloid Publisher Says He Pledged to Be Trump Campaign’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ During 2016 Race

Bill McEwen,
News Director
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

Shohei Ohtani Hits Second-Deck Home Run in Dodgers’ Road Win

1 hour ago

Logan Webb Extends Scoreless Streak to 19 Innings as Giants Dominate Mets

1 hour ago

Golf Has Two Dominant Forces in Scheffler & Korda. It Didn’t Happen Overnight.

4 hours ago

Tent Compound Rises in Southern Gaza as Israel Prepares for Rafah Offensive

16 hours ago

Costa Seeks Legislation to Prevent Reedley Lab Repeat

17 hours ago

Fresno Home Care Workers Threaten Civil Disobedience Over Low Pay

18 hours ago

Sacramento Bee Accused of Mangling the Facts About Fish Caught in Pumps

19 hours ago

Legacy of Speed: The 1,600 Horsepower 1957 ‘Skeva’ Chevy Bel Air Built in Fresno

20 hours ago

KMJ’s Gabriel & Musson Win Radio Honors, Fresno Council Plaudits

20 hours ago

Tabloid Publisher Says He Pledged to Be Trump Campaign’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ During 2016 Race

21 hours ago

Arizona Just Revived an 1864 Law Criminalizing Abortion. Here’s What’s Happening in Other States

Developments this week in Arizona underscored something that was already apparent about the 2024 elections in the United States: Abortion is...

11 mins ago

11 mins ago

Arizona Just Revived an 1864 Law Criminalizing Abortion. Here’s What’s Happening in Other States

25 mins ago

Airlines Now Required to Give Automatic Cash Refunds for Canceled, Delayed Flights

49 mins ago

Fresno County Appoints New Librarian. What’s Her Favorite Book Genre?

1 hour ago

Shohei Ohtani Hits Second-Deck Home Run in Dodgers’ Road Win

1 hour ago

Logan Webb Extends Scoreless Streak to 19 Innings as Giants Dominate Mets

4 hours ago

Golf Has Two Dominant Forces in Scheffler & Korda. It Didn’t Happen Overnight.

16 hours ago

Tent Compound Rises in Southern Gaza as Israel Prepares for Rafah Offensive

17 hours ago

Costa Seeks Legislation to Prevent Reedley Lab Repeat

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend