Valley to see cooler temps, rain for Clovis Rodeo before heat returns

The Fresno BeeApril 23, 2014 

The weather in the central San Joaquin Valley will undergo some rapid changes over the next five days.

Modesto Vasquez, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Hanford, predicts cooler temperatures and a chance of rain in the Valley on Friday.

"We got a late-season storm system coming in on Friday that will have more moisture than the one that hit earlier this week," he said. "There is a 30% chance of rain Friday morning, which will rise to 55% on Friday afternoon."

The Sierra Nevada should also see some snow throughout the weekend. The 5,000-foot elevation could get up to 2 inches, while above 6,000 feet could see 2-6 inches, he said.

Vasquez warns that there is a slight chance of thunderstorms hitting Friday afternoon, which could affect the Clovis Rodeo's festivities that day. The rodeo should stay dry on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

A significant temperature swing will accompany Friday's chance of rain, Vasquez said. Fresno's high on Friday is expected to hit 69. It will remain cool on Saturday at 67, then begin warming on Sunday.

By Tuesday, daytime highs in the Valley are expected to reach the high 80s.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6015 or at rappleton@fresnobee.com.

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