Weak storm could bring sprinkles to central San Joaquin Valley

The Fresno BeeMarch 9, 2014 

A weak storm is forecast to roll in Monday morning to the central San Joaquin Valley, bringing a slight chance of rain to the northern areas and snow to the foothills, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.

While Fresno is expected to stay dry, other areas -- mostly Merced, Mariposa and Madera counties -- may get some slight showers, amounting to a few hundredths of an inch, meteorologist Gary Sanger said.

Light showers may also fall in the northwestern areas of Fresno County, mostly Firebaugh, Mendota and Kerman.

The front is not expected to leave any measurable amounts of rain in Fresno -- at most, a sprinkle or two. This comes as bad news for the parched region, since Fresno is far behind the average rainfall for the season with only 3.43 inches. On average, Fresno would have 8.45 inches by now.

"We won't see much out of it," Sanger said. "It's going to move very fast through the region."

The high-pressure front could bring a slight chance of snow -- 1 to 2 inches -- above 8,000 feet in the southern Sierra Nevada before tapering off by noon Monday.

A warm yet cloudy day is expected for Monday in Fresno, with a high of 72 and a low of 49. Daytime temperatures will be gradually increasing to the mid-70s, and overnight lows in the upper 50s, by Thursday.

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