Much-needed rain began falling Saturday in Fresno, marking the arrival of a storm system that is expected to bring snow to the Sierra and slick roadways in the Valley and foothills, the National Weather Service in Hanford said Saturday.
The CHP reported multiple crashes on Valley roadways Saturday afternoon.
Thanksgiving travelers returning through the Tejon Pass on Interstate 5 and the Tehachapi Pass on Highway 58 should be prepared for light snow accumulating at higher elevations.
A winter storm warning is in effect through Sunday afternoon for the Sierra from Yosemite National Park to the Kings Canyon area. Winter hazard driving conditions are expected through late Sunday, with 6 to 18 inches of snow in Yosemite and 4 to 10 inches of snow forecast in Sequoia.
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Snow levels around 5,000 feet were forecast for Saturday afternoon, dropping to around 4,500 feet Saturday evening.
Rainfall from the storm through 4 a.m. Monday is forecast at 0.64 inches for Fresno, 0.51 for Visalia and 0.63 for Madera.