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Fresno above seasonal rain total; freeze warning extended

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Caltrans offers tips for driving and traveling over the Sierra to Lake Tahoe in winter conditions of snow and rain.
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Caltrans offers tips for driving and traveling over the Sierra to Lake Tahoe in winter conditions of snow and rain.

Rainfall totals for central San Joaquin Valley surpassed seasonal normals over the weekend, and the National Weather Service extended a freeze watch for the region until Tuesday morning.

The weather service reported that by Monday morning, Fresno had received 6.65 inches of rain, with the normal measurement for Feb. 11 6.39 inches, putting the region well on its way of reaching a seasonal normal of 11.5 inches.

The freeze watch reported that temperatures could reach 26 degrees in some areas, followed by a Monday high of 55, with a warming Tuesday to 59 degrees.

Road closures on Highway 41 and 168, reported over the weekend, were lifted Monday morning.

Restrictions, however, continued in Yosemite National Park, where chains were required on all vehicles on 41, except for four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires. The park service also notified drivers that snow chains must be carried on all vehicles in the park.

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A native of Colorado, Jim Guy studied political science, Latin American politics and Spanish literature at Fresno State University, and advanced Spanish grammar in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
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