Widespread rain in the Central San Joaquin Valley and snow in the Sierra will continue Friday thanks to the second of a series of storms rolling into the state this weekend.
Rain was expected to start Thursday night and will continue through Friday morning before turning to showers by afternoon. The air will be unstable enough that there is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, and those storm clouds might drop hail, the National Weather Service office in Hanford said.
A wind advisory has been posted for the west side of the Valley. Driving high-profile vehicles on Interstate 5 will be difficult, the weather service noted.
A winter storm warning has been issued for the Sierra for Friday morning through midmorning Saturday, with the snow level dropping to 3,000 feet. A foot of new snow could fall at the 5,000-foot elevation, with up to 26 inches at 7,000 feet and higher. That would be on top of 2 feet of snow that fell in Thursday’s storm.
The final storm in the latest round of inclement weather will arrive Sunday and be colder and wetter than the previous two storms, the weather service said. Snow could snarl travel on Interstate 5 over the Grapevine on Sunday and Monday morning.
By Tuesday, showers will end and a drying trend will begin, the weather service says.
High temperatures in Fresno from Friday through Monday will be in the 50s; overnight lows will be in the 40s.
Several roads in the Sierra National Forest have been closed due to damage caused by recent storms.
The roads closed are:
▪ McKinley Grove Road (11s40), which is only open to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and U.S. Forest Service crews.
▪ Garnet Dike Road (12s01), which is closed due to rock and mudslides.
▪ Dinkey Creek Road. For updates, call Fresno County at 559-600-4240.
Rain totals, Wednesday and Thursday:
Fresno: 0.48 inches