After rain reaches Fresno, slick roads make for several accidents

Plenty of clouds filled the noontime sky over downtown Fresno, but rain was holding off.
Plenty of clouds filled the noontime sky over downtown Fresno, but rain was holding off. tweber@fresnobee.com

Several major accidents happened on slick roads Sunday afternoon and evening as a storm system raked the central San Joaquin Valley.

On the southbound lanes of Highway 99 just north of Highway 41, a two-vehicle accident around 7 p.m. closed the No. 1 and 2 lanes for about four hours.

California Highway Patrol reported on Twitter that the accident involved a fatality. No other information was immediately available.

A major crash was reported at Central and Elm avenues just south of downtown. Two vehicles collided and CHP was reporting a person needed to be transported to Community Regional Medical Center.

On McKinley Avenue in east-central Fresno, a tree was reported down on the roadway. Reports indicated police were working with the California Air National Guard to remove it.

Fresno police was not immediately working any major weather-related incidents in the city by Sunday night, but did report a few minor-injury accidents in the city.

Power went out for about an hour in the Easton area Sunday night.

A winter weather advisory for the Yosemite and Kings Canyon areas was called Sunday, the National Weather Service said, with six to 10 inches of snow possible above 7,000 feet.

Tioga Pass, Badger Pass, Mariposa Grove and Glacier Point are closed, said Yosemite National Park.

The storm was slow to arrive due to a split, meteorologist Jim Bagnall with the National Weather Service said, in which the storm breaks into smaller pieces and does not have all of the energy it once had. “Some energy will go north, some will go farther south … so it’s not getting that push it needs to drive it,” he said.

A 20 percent chance of showers continues into Monday before the storm system heads east. Monday’s high in Fresno is expected to be 62 degrees. The overnight low will fall to 44 degrees under partly cloudy skies.

A slight chance of showers returns Wednesday when a weak system could brush the area. Thanksgiving Day looks dry, the weather service said.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPan