A storm that brought hail and much-needed rain to the Valley and snow to the Sierra on Thursday is expected to hang around Friday morning before moving east. Although temperatures will return to the mid-80s by the weekend, the Valley could see a rerun of rain late next week, the National Weather Service said.
The weather system moved down from Canada and hit the northern part of the Valley in the morning Thursday. By 2 p.m., thunder, lightning and rain had broken out in parts of Clovis and northeast Fresno. In Selma, thunder, rain and even some hail fell around the same time.
Weather service meteorologist Carlos Molina said that Fresno received 0.15 of an inch of needed rainfall. Merced soaked up the most rain in the area with 0.56 of an inch, and trace amounts of rain moved as far south as Hanford and Delano.
The weather front also forced the temporary closure of Tioga and Glacer Point roads in Yosemite National Park, which received about 6 inches of snow at elevations above 5,500 feet. Park officials had no information about when the roads would reopen.
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The Shaver Lake area received about 3 inches of snow, Molina said.
Molina said that Valley temperatures will climb back up into the mid-80s through the weekend. He forecast highs in Fresno of 85 on Sunday and 84 on Monday.
A similar storm system is expected to move south into the Sierra and northern parts of the Valley by Wednesday or Thursday. Residents should anticipate about the same amount of rainfall, similar thunderstorm activity and temperatures in the mid-70s, Molina said.