After one more day of above-normal temperatures and bright sunshine, the weather across the central San Joaquin Valley will turn cloudy and offer rain – potentially heavy at times.
The National Weather Service said that the high Wednesday in Fresno will be near 82 degrees, which is about six degrees above normal for mid-October. Winds will be light.
But skies will begin to cloud on Thursday, and chances for rain enter the area’s forecast by that afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
The storm front will carry subtropical moisture that is the remnant of Hurricane Seymour. “While there is fairly high confidence in the timing of this system, confidence in how much rainfall we receive is low due to the uncertainty of how much moisture from Seymour will be picked up,” the NWS said.
There is a 30 percent chance of rain Thursday, with the high temperature expected to be near 76 degrees. By that evening the chance for rain jumps to 80 percent.
Showers are forecast to continue into Friday. Over the two days, up to a half inch of rain could fall in the Valley, the NWS said.
Saturday will have just slight chances for rain. Daytime temperatures will be in the mid-70s as mild, subtropical air sits over the region.
Then a new chance for rain develops on Sunday as a colder storm arrives from the Northwest. Snow levels that had been high will lower than in the Thursday night event.
Highs over the weekend will be in the low 60s to mid 70s.
Stormy weather could continue on Monday and next Wednesday, Nov. 2, the NWS said.
Fresno has received .04 of an inch of rain so far this season – almost all of that due to a thunderstorm early Monday. The historical average through Oct. 25 is .43 of an inch, the NWS said.