A cold Pacific storm system from the Gulf of Alaska will bring rain and high elevation snow along with gusty winds on Sunday to the Valley and foothills.
Jeff Barlow, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said the latest storm will raise the area’s rainfall total but won’t be a gully washer.
Wind gusts of 10 to 20 mph are predicted, he said.
Fresno is expected to get 0.32 of an inch of rain, and amounts will increase northward. During the current rainfall season, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, Fresno’s total is 2.62 inches, which is 0.36 of an inch above normal. Fresno had 2.70 inches by this time last year.
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The high in Fresno is expected to reach 54 degrees on Sunday, and the low will dip to 37 degrees. The expected high on Monday is 50.
Less rain is predicted in the South Valley. Visalia is forecast to receive only 0.16 of an inch.
Foothill locations like Oakhurst are expected to get close to an inch of rain.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite National Park to the Fresno/Tulare county lines above 4,000 feet from noon Sunday until noon Monday.
Barlow said Sierra locations like Shaver and Huntington lakes will get 4 to 8 inches of snow. Locations above 6,000 feet are expected to get around 14 inches of snow. The high in Shaver Lake will reach 47 degrees on Sunday as rain will switch to snow, and the low will dip to 20 degrees Sunday night. The high is expected to reach 35 degrees on Monday and dip to 16 degrees.
A winter weather advisory will be in effect for the Sierra in Tulare County from noon Sunday to noon Monday above 4,000 feet. Snowfall amounts are expected to be around 10 inches above 7,000 feet and 2 inches and up above 4,000 feet.
Barlow said that storms from the Gulf of Alaska are typical for this time of year.
A typical El Niño storm would be much warmer, bringing rainfall amounts of a half-inch or more to Central California, with snow levels generally above 7,000 feet, Barlow said.