Following several days of extreme rainy weather, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Monday for 50 California counties, including every county in the Central Valley.
In a media release from the governor’s office, Brown said dangerous weather has caused major flooding and damage to the state including Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings and Merced counties. Kern, Sacramento and Stanislaus counties also were identified.
The proclamation will secure funding that will go toward helping communities recover.
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The rain in Fresno is ceasing and moving south toward Bakersfield, National Weather Service meteorologistDan Harty said. Fresno received .08 inches of rain Monday, which increased the total to 5.4 inches for January. Harty said previous reports show the normal rain count for the month of Jan. at 1.63.
The California Department of Transportation tweeted Monday night that snow was sticking to Interstate 5 in Kings County. However, Harty said this is “highly unlikely” and was probably mistaken for hail.
Throughout the week the highs in the Fresno area will be in the low 50s and the lows will be in the mid-30s.