The first winter storm in two weeks has dropped nearly two-thirds of an inch of rain on Fresno through Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
The rain, which began Sunday, has totaled 0.64 of an inch, the weather service said. That brought Fresno’s seasonal total to 4.51 inches since Oct. 1 — well short of the 7.34 inches the city normally records by this time of the year.
Patchy fog is expected until Friday, with a chance of showers on Saturday. Daytime temperatures for the remainder of the week are forecasted to be in the low to mid 60s. Overnight lows are expected to dip into the upper 30s early in the week before climbing to the low to mid 40s by late week.
The storm brought snow to the Sierra Nevada. Although the weather service did not have exact snowfall information, weather service meteorologist Jim Bagnall estimated Shaver Lake saw 2 to 4 inches of snow Sunday.
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Shaver Lake Sports manager Tyler Powell said the storm made him optimistic for the last couple months of winter. Powell said he’s hoping for a “miracle March” of snow.
Though nearby ski areas such as China Peak and Badger Pass temporarily closed due to lack of snow, Powell said many people have headed to Shaver Lake to fish in the sun.
During the weekend storm, Powell said people rented cabins near the lake but didn’t expect snow.
“They were a little bit unprepared for the snow, so we sold quite a bit of sleds, snow chains, jackets, pants and boots,” he said.
Elsewhere in the central San Joaquin Valley, the National Weather Service on Monday afternoon reported a thunderstorm over Porterville. The weather service also reported a weak tornado in west Kern County.