Rain comes late Saturday, more expected by Monday

The Fresno BeeMarch 29, 2014 

The Fresno area was set to receive a few sprinkles of rain Saturday night, and meteorologists say more rain is on the way beginning Monday night.

Saturday's high temperature of 76 degrees was quite a bit warmer than the normal high of 65. By evening the wind picked up, but there was still no rain. Jim Andersen at the National Weather Service in Hanford said rain was expected in Fresno by 10 p.m.

"It's coming slowly, but surely," he said.

The storm began near Merced and moved slowly south, which Andersen said was a good thing. The slower it moved, the more rain the Valley could get, he said.

Andersen expected anywhere from .1 to .25 inches of rain Saturday night, with showers tapering off by 5 a.m. Sunday. He said some areas could see sprinkles of rain until about 10 a.m.

In the Sierra above 5,000 feet, 6 to 10 inches of snow was expected. Andersen said a winter storm watch would be in place until 8 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday's high was forecast at 67, and the Valley will gear up for another storm Monday afternoon. There is a 30% chance of rain for Monday afternoon, Andersen said, and that increases to 80% by Monday night, which could see thunderstorms. Up to .75 of an inch of rain is expected from that storm, which Andersen said will last until Tuesday morning.

Monday's storm is expected to bring more snow to the Sierra in elevations at or above 5,000 feet, Andersen said. With a forecast of one to two feet of snow and winds up to 60 mph, a winter storm watch will be in place.

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

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