Valley rain falls short of prediction, but more expected by weekend

The Fresno BeeMarch 26, 2014 

Though the storm that sprinkled the Valley Wednesday did not produce as much rain as expected, the National Weather Service in Hanford said more wet weather is on the way.

Fresno received about 0.12 inches of rain by Wednesday evening, and meteorologist Modesto Vasquez said more was expected through the night. But the .12 inches was less than the 0.3 that was expected.

"A couple of days ago we predicted quite a bit more," Vasquez said Wednesday evening.

The front of the storm Wednesday morning didn't provide as much widespread precipitation as expected, he said, and the storm spread to the north and south of Fresno.

Snowfall in the Sierra also fell short of the six to 12 inches predicted. Shaver received about 0.6 inches of rain, not snow, but Lodgepole did receive about 7 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service reported Wednesday morning commuters in Northern California were drenched by fierce on-and-off showers from Sacramento through the Bay Area, but most rain totals were below 1 inch. Tornado warnings were up in some areas of Placer and Glenn counties north of Sacramento. There were reports of funnel clouds in those areas, but the warnings expired Wednesday night.

The high in Fresno Wednesday was 62, a few degrees below normal. Temperatures are expected to climb through the weekend, peaking at 76 Saturday.

Also to come late Saturday afternoon are a few more light showers, Vasquez said. There is a 40% to 50% chance of rain late Saturday afternoon and into Saturday night. Higher elevations could receive about half an inch of snow, but it's still too early to say how much for sure, Vasquez said.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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