After weeks of early spring-like weather, winter is returning to the Valley, bringing freezing overnight temperatures into next week and prompting a warming center to open in Fresno.
Meteorologist Jim Bagnall with the National Weather Service in Hanford said the nighttime temperatures in Fresno for Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be 36 and 35 degrees respectively. Saturday's predicted high for Fresno is 57.
The warming center will open Saturday and Sunday at the Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor Ave., in southwest Fresno, because of expected cold overnight temperatures.
Bagnall said the temperature in rural areas over the next few nights could drop into the upper 20s.
The high-pressure ridge that has kept the region so dry has moved west, allowing cold Canadian air to flow into the area, the National Weather Service said. The nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below normal in some places in the Valley throughout next week.
The center in Fresno will be open from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. City buses will provide free transportation to and from the Ball center on the Route 34 bus. Any questions on the warming center should be directed to the city's One Call Center, (559) 621-CITY.
Staff writer Jim Guy contributed to this report. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.