Showers will circle Fresno throughout the weekend, but the stormy weather will give way to very warm temperatures by early next week, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.
Meteorologist Brian Ochs said that thunderstorms hit the Sierra Nevada Thursday afternoon and moved down the foothills into Fresno County by the early evening. Ochs predicted the storms would dance around eastern Fresno County until Saturday.
Shaver Lake was hit with a hailstorm from about 4-4:30 p.m., but the rain was gone by 7 p.m., said Shaver Lakes Pizza employee Emmy Hanks.
Pockets of northeast Fresno also reported some sprinkles around 7 p.m. Thursday.
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Ochs said that the parched central San Joaquin Valley will have its best chance at widespread rain on Saturday. He predicted a slight chance of rain throughout the Valley. The Sierra Nevada and foothills will get the brunt of this storm, Ochs said.
The soggy weather will not last.
Ochs said the rain will die off sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Temperatures in Fresno will skyrocket from a high of 66 on Saturday to a high of 90 on Tuesday. The average temperature for this time of year is around 78, Ochs said.
The rain should be a welcome sight for Valley residents. Since October, the Fresno area has collected 5.15 inches of water — less than half of the typical average of 10.49 inches for this time of year, Ochs said.
Ochs said that very little rain is expected to hit the Valley before the end of the water year in September. He expects the area to be well short of the annual water average of 11.5 inches.