China Peak ski resort announces earliest opening since 2010

This week’s storms brought a mix of trouble and glee to the Fresno region.

The good news: China Peak ski resort at Huntington Lake announced it’ll open for the season Saturday, its earliest since 2010.

Operators said on the resort webpage early Friday that the mountain received 6 inches of snow overnight, bringing the 36-hour total to 14-20 inches, and that light snow continued to fall.

The resort said it’ll be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday and be open weekends only through Dec. 15, then expects to switch to daily operation.

The bad news: Really, there wasn’t much. But in north Fresno, Copper Avenue between Willow and Chestnut avenues was shut down for emergency storm drain and road repair after flooding caused damage near a new home development. The city had hoped to have the work finished Friday but complications caused workers to reset the timetable for reopening by Sunday.

Highway 140, the Merced River canyon route to Yosemite National Park, was closed for about 36 hours as a preemptive measure against possible mudslides and debris caused by heavy rainfall.

Caltrans reported three to four separate mudlsides Thursday and even more debris throughout the highway. No injuries were reported.

Dan Hartey, National Weather Service Hanford meteorologist, reported that foothill areas received up to 2 inches of rain from the storm. He said another storm front could be moving in Saturday.

On the central San Joaquin Valley floor, the week’s rain total was just over 1 inch in most areas.

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