Thursday and Friday might be the Valley’s last shot at receiving rain before the start of yet another hot and dry summer.
Jim Dudley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said a low-pressure system making its way down the coast from Oregon and Washington state will bring brisk temperatures, up to eight inches of snow in some areas in the Sierra and chances of showers and thunderstorms.
Most of the Valley should expect about 0.1 of an inch of rainfall as the system passes from about noon Thursday through early Friday, though a few areas affected by thunderstorms could receive as much as 0.25 of an inch of rain, Dudley said. The Valley has received 5.4 inches of rain since Oct. 1, about half of the seasonal average for this time of year. Last year at this time, Fresno had just 4.77 inches.
“It will be one of the last chances of rain this season,” Dudley said, adding the system will bring “a good 36-hour window of rain and thunderstorms in the area.”
Thursday’s high in Fresno is forecast at 70 degrees with a low of 51 and a 60% chance of rain. Friday will have an expected high of 72. Temperatures will move back up to the 85 degrees by Sunday, Dudley said.