Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that Tioga Road would be closed at 6 p.m. Wednesday. It closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Grab a jacket and perhaps an umbrella if you're planning to attend the Big Fresno Fair Wednesday as a big drop in temperature and a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the central San Joaquin Valley.
As a cold front moves into the Valley in the morning, there's a 50% chance of rain and possible thunderstorms, tapering off by Wednesday night, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Dudley said. Wednesday's high in Fresno is forecast at 67 degrees, 18 degrees below normal for this time of year, with the overnight low hitting 54.
"It's not a major storm but it is the first widespread rain (this season) in the Valley floor," Dudley said.
In the mountains, the storm will bring possibly 2 to 5 inches of snow above 6,000 feet. Shaver Lake's high is forecast at 46 degrees with a low of 33 and Yosemite Valley's expected high is 54 with a low of 40.
Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park closed temporarily at 6 p.m. Tuesday due to the anticipated snowfall.
The storm has also prompted a hazardous weather outlook for the central and southern San Joaquin Valley and the foothills, Dudley said.
Mostly sunny days are expected Thursday in Fresno, with highs returning to the 80s by the weekend.
Bee staff writer Carmen George contributed to this report. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6659 or email@example.com.