An overnight storm dumped nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain in the central San Joaquin Valley by Tuesday morning, and more wet weather is on the way, the National Weather Service said.
By 4 p.m. Tuesday, Shaver Lake received 2.37 inches of rain, while Fresno received .93 of an inch, said meteorologist Jeffrey Barlow.
Partly cloudy skies are expected in Shaver and Fresno on Wednesday. The cloudy skies will turn to storm clouds Wednesday night, said Barlow.
“Showers are expected to develop Wednesday night,” Barlow said.
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24-hour rain totals : Through 4 p.m. Tuesday Fresno Airport .93 Visalia 0.52 Yosemite Valley 3.21 Mariposa 4.75 Oakhurst 2.01 Shaver Lake 2.37 Three Rivers 1.29 Through midnight Tuesday: Merced 0.69 Lindsay 1.5 Friant Dam 2.08 Madera .97
The much-needed precipitation was part of a winter storm bringing what the weather service called “very impressive” rainfall to the drought-stricken region.
The heaviest totals were occurring over the Sierra Nevada and foothills, with Yosemite Valley and surrounding areas receiving over 3 inches of water, the weather service reported.
Some mountain areas received up to a quarter-inch of rain per hour. The weather was accompanied by a winter storm warning for the Sierra.