Forecast: Light showers in Fresno area, possible Sierra snow

The Fresno BeeMarch 26, 2014 

A cold front brought light overnight showers to the central San Joaquin Valley, with another front expected to bring more rain and possible Sierra snow Wednesday afternoon.

Meteorologist David Spector with the National Weather Service in Hanford said light showers were spotted throughout the Valley, producing about 0.08 of an inch in Fresno as of Wednesday morning.

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Another "round of showers" is forecast starting Wednesday afternoon and is expected to taper off in the evening.

The front will bring scattered showers in the Valley, with possible thunderstorms. Up to an inch of rain is expected in Fresno, Spector said.

Since the start of the rain season, which runs July 1-June 30, Fresno has totaled 3.43 inches of rain, a little more than one-third of the usual amount for this time of year.

Six to 12 inches of snow are expected in elevations higher than 6,000 feet, Spector said.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for the mountains from Yosemite to Kings Canyon. Winds of 25 mph to 45 mph with gusts to 70 mph are expected at the Sierra' highest elevations. The weather service said motorists should plan for winter driving conditions on mountain roads, with chain restrictions and delays likely above 5,000 feet.

Wednesday's forecasted high for the Fresno area is 67 -- two degrees below normal. After the rain passes through the Valley, temperatures are expected to climb back up to the mid-70s.

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