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Sierra Records Snowiest Day of the Season With Potent Storm
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 2 weeks ago on
May 6, 2024

A spring storm that drenched Fresno on Saturday also set a single-day snowfall record for the season on Sunday, May 5, 2024, in the Sierra Nevada. (Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain Ski Area via AP)

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The storm that drenched Fresno on Saturday also set a single-day snowfall record for the season on Sunday in the Sierra Nevada.

“Did anyone have the snowiest day of the 2023/2024 season being in May on their winter bingo card?” the University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab asked on the social platform X.

The 26.4 inches of snow beat the second snowiest day of the season — March 3 — by 2.6 inches, according to the lab.

Treacherous driving conditions on Saturday forced the closure of several highways near Lake Tahoe, including Interstate 80 over the Donner Summit.

Flood advisories were issued for parts of the Bay Area, where up to an inch of rain fell while temperatures dipped into the low 40s, the National Weather Service said. Wind gusts reaching 40 mph were reported Saturday near San Francisco.

About one-third of rain fell in Fresno on Saturday, bringing the water-year total since Oct. 1 to 9.99 inches, according to NWS records.

 

Warm-up Coming in the Valley

A warming trend is expected this week with temperatures 10 degrees above normal by Sunday afternoon, NWS Hanford says.

(Associated Press contributed to this article.)

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Bill McEwen,
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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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