Sunday's storm clouds bring a rare funnel cloud to Valley

The Fresno BeeMarch 2, 2014 

The winter storm that continued to drape over the Valley on Sunday brought a funnel cloud to the Dos Palos area of western Merced County, the National Weather Service said.

The tornado -- a rarity in the region -- caused no damage, but images were tweeted far and wide.

Although dark clouds scudded across the sky and brought occasional bursts of drizzle, Sunday's rainfall was too small to measure. But over the past five days, 1.11 inches of rain fell on Fresno, the National Weather Service said.

Meteorologist Cindy Bean said mostly cloudy skies are forecast Monday for the Valley, with a high of 68 and and low of 55.

There is a slight chance of rain Monday night in Fresno, Bean said.

Chances of precipitation in the mountains are also small, but rain and snow could fall in the Kings Canyon and Yosemite areas Monday.

Daytime mountain temperatures are forecast in the low to upper 50s, Bean said.

The skies in Fresno will clear somewhat by Tuesday morning, just in time for Kids Day, the annual fundraising event for Children's Hospital Central California. The thousands of volunteers who will be selling special Kids Day editions of The Bee can expect sunny skies and a high of 72 degrees in Fresno, Bean said.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6015 or asasaki@fresnobee.com.

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