Storm spatters Valley, more rain possible later this week

The Fresno BeeFebruary 2, 2014 

For the second time in four days, Fresno and the Valley got a dose of much needed rain and -- cross your fingers -- more could fall later this week.

As of 7 p.m. Sunday, most of the Valley got about 0.1 inch of rain, said meteorologist Kevin Durfee with the National Weather Service in Hanford. The Hanford and Lemoore areas got as much as a 0.25 inch, while Fresno recorded just 0.06 of an inch.

"Whatever we can get, we appreciate," Durfee said.

For more than 50 days, dry weather had gripped the Valley until a storm on Thursday dropped just over half an inch of rain on Fresno.

More dry weather is expected to move in this week, with high temperatures in the upper 50s until Thursday, when a cold front could bring another chance of precipitation. Durfee said another front could bring even more rain on Friday and possibly below-freezing temperatures at night.

In the mountains, conditions are now perfect for man-made snow to join the natural snow that fell, China Peak Mountain Resort owner Tim Cohee said.

For much of the dry period, an inversion layer kept mountain temperatures warmer than on the Valley floor, Cohee said, and that kept the resort from making snow to to open its runs.

"We've had many days where it was in the 40s up here, but in the 30s in Fresno," Cohee said.

Now, he said, both of those factors have turned in the resort's favor. Over the past two days, the weather system brought about a foot and a half of snow to the resort and reverted nighttime temperatures to conditions necessary to make snow.

"We're going to be making great snow tonight," Cohee said on Sunday night. "We need another storm about the same size to possibly open up the entire mountain."

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