Rain clouds pull away, but tule fog to reappear in central San Joaquin Valley

Rain chances for Fresno have dried up with the weekend storms leaving the region, but a new weather development is popping up – fog in the early morning and late night hours.

The National Weather Service says patchy fog is possible Tuesday morning, and the chance for thick tule fog will improve Wednesday through Saturday throughout the central San Joaquin Valley.

“High pressure will build over the region starting Tuesday night into Wednesday, so we anticipate additional fog development with more widespread dense fog possible in the San Joaquin Valley each night and morning through at least Saturday,” the weather service said in its daily forecast discussion.

Once the fog burns off, the weather service said it’s predicting daytime high temperatures in the mid-70s under sunny skies and the overnight lows will be in the low 50s – the fall weather beloved in the Valley.

The next chance for rain could come Sunday, when a new storm system heads through Northern California. It might brush parts of Merced County, but it is not clear if it will extend farther south to Fresno County, forecasters say.