Storm expected to drop more rain Tuesday

December 25, 2010 

The brief reprieve from recent heavy rains will end this week in the Valley, National Weather Service officials said Saturday.

A storm system will bring more rain Tuesday night and linger into Wednesday morning, but it's expected to carry less rainfall than the storms of previous weeks, forecaster Kevin Durfee said.

With rainfall totals predicted at 0.25 inch to 1 inch, flooding will not be as severe as in previous weeks, he said.

High temperatures for the beginning of the week will stay in the mid-50s with lows in the mid-40s.

The recent storms have created ideal conditions for fog, Durfee said. Drivers making early-morning commutes should be cautious about areas of fog and low clouds, especially Monday and Tuesday morning.

The storm also will bring an additional 1 to 2 feet of snow to the Sierra.

Cold weather will follow the midweek storm, with the potential for frost at the end of the week. Temperatures for Thursday and Friday will be in the upper 40s, with lows in the upper 20s to mid-30s.

Visalia has faced some of the Valley's worst storm flooding, and police are prepared for any new breakouts.

"We have an emergency operations center," Sgt. Damon Maurice said. "If there's trouble, we're going to open that as soon as possible."

The heavy rainfall in recent weeks has resulted from subtropical weather, Durfee said.

Though it's created disaster conditions for many, it also has brought 1 to 3 inches of rain so far to the Valley and several feet of snow to the Sierra.

The reporter can be reached at ekwon@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6659.

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