Rain showers expected in the central San Joaquin Valley into Monday morning prompted a small-stream flood advisory in the foothills and flash flood watch in the Sierra.
In addition, the National Weather Service in Hanford issued a wind advisory for the west side of the Valley from 1 p.m. Sunday through 4 a.m. Monday, with gusts expected to hit up to 45 mph.
Snowfall stayed high Saturday — only 5 to 8 inches fell above 9,000 feet from the storm that rolled into the region Friday night, said Cindy Bean, meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Hanford.
More rain than snow was falling due to a warm weather system moving in from the southwest, said Hanford station meteorologist Jim Dudley.
He said Valley rain is expected to increase by late Sunday morning following an overnight lull but should cease by Monday night. No more storms are predicted in the foreseeable future.
Fresno received 0.46 of an inch of rain from the storm as of about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Dudley said from Oct. 1 — the start of California’s new official rainy season — Fresno received 3.86 inches of rain. That means the city is still 2.32 inches shy of the season’s normal rainfall total, he said.
Dudley said Los Banos experienced some of the Valley’s heaviest rainfall on Saturday with 0.38 of an inch falling between late morning and late afternoon, bringing the city’s storm total to 0.55 of an inch.
The National Weather Service’s flash flood watch is in effect through Monday morning below 9,000 feet in elevation in the Sierra from Yosemite to Kings Canyon national parks.
Mud and rock slides remain a concern. Bean said there was a mudslide Saturday morning in O’Neals at Road 200 and House Ranch Road, southeast of Coarsegold, but debris was cleared quickly.
Areas charred by wildfires are especially vulnerable — most notably, the Rim fire burn that scarred 400 square miles in and around Yosemite in 2013 — but no rock or mud slides were reported in that area Saturday.
The storm also caused some minor street flooding, Dudley said, along with thunderstorms in the north Valley.