Clear skies ahead for Valley holiday weekend

Early next week might see some rain.

The Fresno BeeApril 17, 2014 

The Central Valley could get some much-needed rain early next week, but the skies should stay clear for the holiday weekend — good news for the throngs of families who will descend on regional parks.

Brian Ochs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, expects the Sierra and the northern Central Valley to get some light showers on Monday evening that will spread southward by Tuesday morning. Ochs said snow could hit elevations of 6,000 feet by Tuesday morning and 5,000 feet by Tuesday evening.

This is great news for the parched Central Valley, which hasn't had any reported rainfall since April 1. "We are 6.36 inches below the average since the start of the water year on July 1," Ochs said.

However, the coming rain shouldn't ruin any outdoor plans this holiday weekend. "It's going to be a little warmer than average," said Ochs. "We are looking at highs of 85 on Saturday and 88 on Sunday."

Easter Sunday will be warm and dry for the many visitors expected in Fresno's regional parks. The city of Fresno announced Thursday that Roeding and Woodward Parks will have extended hours Sunday and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission will be $5 per vehicle. City officials expect both parks to be very busy. They recommend that visitors travel in as few vehicles as possible to minimize traffic delays. Park staff will be on hand to assist visitors.

 

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