A wet storm that is warmer than the recent snow-makers is forecast to drench the central San Joaquin Valley on Tuesday, and then another storm is expected to arrive Thursday night and end the work week on a damp note.
A flood watch was issued Monday by the National Weather Service for the Valley and the Sierra from Yosemite to Kings Canyon national parks. The flood watch began at 4 p.m. Monday and will remain in place through Tuesday evening, the NWS said.
Moderate to heavy rainfall was expected, with more than an inch possible on the Valley floor and three to six inches in the mountains and foothills. Melting snow will add to the runoff rushing into creeks and rivers.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding to occur, the NWS said.
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Four to six feet of new snow is possible in the Sierra above 8,000 feet, the weather service said.
The new precipitation comes after a storm front moved through the Valley on Monday morning, leaving behind 0.14 inches of rain in Fresno, 0.24 in Merced, 0.04 in Madera, 0.17 in Hanford, and 0.16 in Visalia.
The high temperature Tuesday in Fresno will be 59, and then highs will jump into the mid-60s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before dropping to 60 on Saturday. Overnight lows will be in the 50s before falling into the 40s this weekend.