A Sunday storm that brought a downpour to Fresno, brief thunderstorms to Orange Cove and snow to the Sierra won’t last.
Meteorologist Kevin Durfee with the National Weather Service in Hanford said the cold front is now past Fresno. Scattered showers through early Sunday night, and that’s all the precipitation expected this week.
At only halfway through November, nearly four times more rain has fallen in Fresno than fell during the entire month in 2014.
But Sunday’s storm more than doubled the amount of rain Fresno received when compared to the start of last year’s rainy season.
Fresno received 1.88 inches of rain from Oct. 1 through noon Sunday, said meteorologist Cindy Bean. Last year, just 0.9 inches had fallen in October and all of November.
Comparing November last year to this year, the difference is even starker: At only halfway through the month, nearly four times more rain has already fallen in Fresno than fell during the entire month in 2014.
Bean predicts Fresno will record 1.5 inches of rain for November by the time this storm is over, compared to 0.4 inches in all of November 2014. That’s more rain than Fresno has seen in a November since 2010.
The rest of the week is expected to be mostly sunny, Durfee said. Monday is predicted to be breezy and much cooler than normal, with highs in the mid- to upper-50s. More seasonable temperatures will come the second half of the week, with highs around the mid-60s.
Monday night will be clear but chilly, with lows of 29 to 32 degrees and a chance of frost in Valley locations such as Hanford, Lemoore and Avenal. Durfee said the coldest temperatures won’t last long and shouldn’t worry farmers. However, there could be dense patches of fog as soon as Monday night and into the middle of the week.
Sunday also brought snow to the Sierra Nevada at 5,000 feet and above. The snowfall is expected to last into the night. Durfee said the storm could bring 4 to 7 inches of snow north of Kings Canyon National Park and lesser amounts south.
Durfee said snow will fall below 4,000 feet Sunday night, making travel difficult, especially if a forecasted 2 to 3 inches of snow covers the Interstate 5 corridor at Tejon Pass between Bakersfield and Los Angeles. The snow could affect those commuting south late Sunday and early Monday morning.
“It could be potentially treacherous out there with black ice, snow or both,” he said. “That’s going to be a problem area.”
And anyone driving into the mountains should carry chains. Durfee said roads in Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will be covered in snow.
The California Highway Patrol said chains are required on Highway 168 near Auberry Road and on Highway 41, 2 miles north of Big Cedar Springs.
At China Peak Mountain Resort, steadily falling snow led general manager Tim Cohee to hope for an opening by Thanksgiving or earlier.
Cohee said at 3 p.m. Sunday that it was still snowing and the resort had gotten 5 to 7 inches so far. He said as soon as the storm clears, workers will start up the snowmaking machine to fill out the mid- and lower mountain.
“Obviously this is one of the better starts we’ve had in several years, probably since 2010,” he said. “We’re optimistic.”
Valley rainfall and Sierra snowfall
For period from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday, in inches
Fresno Yosemite Airport: 0.26
Hanford Airport: 0.22
Visalia Airport: 0.16
Oakhurst sheriff’s substation: 0.89
North Fork: 0.74
Bass Lake: 0.58
Squaw Valley: 0.26
Merced Airport: 0.07
Los Banos: 0.01
Grant Grove: 1.15
Source: National Weather Service, Hanford office