A storm blew through Fresno on Saturday, but the scattered showers didn’t bring a lot of rainfall.
Fresno only received 0.07 inches of rain – which is exactly normal for the day. It’s not much, but last year Fresno had no rain at all for the day, said Jeff Barlow, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.
January is at an end, with total rainfall so far at 3.44 inches, Barlow said, “and there’s more on the way – so that’s good.
“Then there’s the second punch in the one-two punch of the storms coming tonight and tomorrow,” Barlow said.
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Another quarter-inch of rain is still expected to fall between Sunday and Monday, and most of that is expected on Sunday afternoon, Barlow said.
Last year, the month-to-date rainfall was 0.21 inches.
The storm hitting on Sunday will only affect some areas of Fresno, as the city is at the northernmost edge of a storm that will move south toward the Grapevine, Barlow said.
Winds ranging from 30 to 40 mph will hit the Grapevine with gusts reaching 60 mph Sunday.
“It won’t be a good day to travel south,” Barlow said.
Also, there is a winter storm warning in Yosemite, and areas of Kern County could get 1 to 2 inches of snow, Barlow said.
About 1.5 inches of snow already has fallen in some areas of the Sierra.
The Sunday storm should wrap up by Monday morning, and then there is no more rain forecast for a while. The storm will bring some cooler temperatures, with most of the week peaking in the mid-50s and bottoming out in the high 30s.
Fresno could see some fog on Monday, but Barlow said there is more chance for dense fog on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Barlow said the bulk of El Niño storms is expected to hit in February and March.