Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Valley Snow Level Could Drop to 1,500 Feet This Weekend
bill-new-mug-002
By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 2 months ago on
February 26, 2024

Share

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Light rain is in the Monday forecast.

Heavy snow is expected in the Sierra starting Thursday night.

Unusually warm temperatures create fire danger in the U.S. Midwest.


You can expect light rain at some point today ahead of what should be a major storm for Fresno beginning late Thursday, the National Weather Service in Hanford says.

“Winter Storm Watch issued for Yosemite Valley and Sierra Foothills late Friday night through Sunday evening. Snow levels 3,000 – 4,000 feet on Saturday. Snow levels fall to around 1,500 feet Sunday morning. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet possible above 2,500 feet,” NWS said Monday afternoon on X.

In addition, Colin McCarthy of U.S. Storm Watch says, “March will roar in like a lion in California, with possibly the largest Sierra Nevada snowstorm of the winter starting around next Friday, as a cold, multi-day storm moves in. We will be measuring snow in feet, with this storm potentially pushing the Sierra snowpack towards 100% of normal. Stay tuned.”

Fresno weather will be sunny with highs in the low 60s to high 60s Tuesday through Thursday, according to the NWS forecast.

Unusual Weather Across the US

A powerful winter storm is expected to dump several feet of snow in the Oregon Cascades and Northern Rockies beginning today. Meanwhile, much of the central U.S. is basking in unseasonably warm conditions. Strong winds are also raising the potential for fires in several states.

The National Weather Service said Monday that parts of the Oregon Cascades and Northern Rockies will see near-blizzard conditions with one to two inches of snow an hour and winds reaching upwards of 65 mph.

The storm is expected to move into the Great Basin and Central Rockies Tuesday, carrying much colder temperatures and strong winds across the inner mountain West, said Andrew Orrison, an NWS in College Park, Maryland.

People watch the sunset at a park on an unseasonably warm day, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. A warm front is sweeping springlike weather across a large swath of the country in what is usually one of the year’s coldest months. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

Warm Conditions in the Heartland

Chicago and other Midwest cities are getting an early taste of summer. Over the weekend, temperatures hit the 60s in Denver, Chicago, and Des Moines, Iowa. Kansas City enjoyed temperatures in the mid-70s.

These unexpectedly warm temperatures are bringing an increased risk of fires across the Great Plains.

NWS said dry, gusty winds were creating what it called critical fire weather conditions, and issued red flag warnings and fire weather watches in parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, up to Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and east to Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.

Nearby states, including parts of Arkansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, were under hazardous weather outlooks because of an increased fire danger, according to weather service maps.

(Associated Press contributed to this story.)

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

DON'T MISS

Californians Worry About Crime, Setting up a Ballot Measure Showdown

DON'T MISS

The Pickle Flavor Frenzy and Its Rise in Food Trends

DON'T MISS

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

DON'T MISS

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

DON'T MISS

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

DON'T MISS

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

DON'T MISS

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

DON'T MISS

Real Estate Experts Talk Fresno’s Economic Future. Are Tough Times Ahead?

DON'T MISS

Unlocking the Secrets to Fresno State’s Superb Baseball Season

UP NEXT

Californians Worry About Crime, Setting up a Ballot Measure Showdown

UP NEXT

The Pickle Flavor Frenzy and Its Rise in Food Trends

UP NEXT

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

UP NEXT

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

UP NEXT

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

UP NEXT

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

UP NEXT

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

UP NEXT

Real Estate Experts Talk Fresno’s Economic Future. Are Tough Times Ahead?

UP NEXT

Unlocking the Secrets to Fresno State’s Superb Baseball Season

UP NEXT

Does Dyer Support (or Endorse) Bredefeld for Supervisor?

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

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

2 days ago

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

2 days ago

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

2 days ago

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

2 days ago

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

2 days ago

Real Estate Experts Talk Fresno’s Economic Future. Are Tough Times Ahead?

2 days ago

Unlocking the Secrets to Fresno State’s Superb Baseball Season

2 days ago

‘This Is How to Improve Reading Proficiency. We Just Have To Execute It’: FUSD Board President

2 days ago

Does Dyer Support (or Endorse) Bredefeld for Supervisor?

2 days ago

Get a 3D First Look at Merced’s High-Speed Rail Station Design

2 days ago

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

Did you know that SNAP EBT benefits used to be called food stamps and that recipients can use those benefits to get healthy food in places o...

17 hours ago

17 hours ago

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

17 hours ago

Californians Worry About Crime, Setting up a Ballot Measure Showdown

2 days ago

The Pickle Flavor Frenzy and Its Rise in Food Trends

2 days ago

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

2 days ago

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

2 days ago

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

2 days ago

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

2 days ago

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend