Keep those umbrellas handy -- Valley could see wet weekend

The Fresno BeeFebruary 5, 2014 


Jessica Stout, 10, opens her umbrella before walking outside into the rain while attending the Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno All-Breed Dog Show held Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Fresno Fairgrounds.


After going nearly two months without rain, the central San Joaquin Valley is forecast to have a second straight weekend of much-needed rain and snow.

However, despite some rainfall Thursday, the Valley finds itself stuck in the middle again -- between a dry Southern California and a wet Northern California, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

The rain the area is experiencing Thursday morning is due to an offshore storm arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area. Further south, the area remains dry. The wet and dry regions will swing back and forth over the Valley for several days, bringing about one-quarter of an inch of rainfall to areas around Merced, but only about one-tenth of an inch to Fresno.

The foothills can expect about one-quarter to one-half inch, according to David Spector, a meteorologist with the weather service in Hanford. Above 5,000 feet, from four to seven inches of snow is expected.

Jeff Barlow, another Hanford meteorologist, said the second weather system is scheduled to arrive in the area Saturday, but the system will bring less rain, about 0.1 of an inch to most areas in the Valley.

The rain will be periodic in the region, Barlow said, during the entire weekend.

"It looks like a wet weekend," he said, "but no one is complaining."

While the news of the wet weather sounds good, it won't last long. Spector said that by next week, a high-pressure system will return to the region, followed by warmer, dryer weather.

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