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After dry Halloween, rain and snow headed toward Valley and Sierra

Trick-or-treaters will enjoy dry conditions Saturday, but a winter-like storm is forecast to bring rain to the central San Joaquin Valley on Sunday and Monday, as well as snow to the Sierra.

Saturday will feature abundant sunshine, with the high in Fresno forecast to be 80 degrees, more than five degrees above normal. Overnight lows in the valley floor will be in the 50s.

Sunday will start mostly sunny, but clouds will begin building up in the afternoon as the storm approaches from the Pacific Northwest, the National Weather Service said.

Showers will start overnight Sunday into Monday, and continue through late morning, with heavy downpours possible. In Fresno, a half inch to .75 of an inch of rain could fall, the weather service said.

In the Sierra, a winter storm watch from Yosemite to Kings Canyon goes into effect at 5 a.m. Monday and will remain until early Tuesday morning. Eight to 16 inches of snow are possible above 7,000 feet in elevation. About three to eight inches are possible at 5,000 feet and above. It is the region’s first winter storm watch of the new snow season. A watch means that there is potential for enough snow that travel may be impacted.

The high temperature in Shaver Lake on Monday will be 47 degrees, dropping to 33 overnight. Tuesday’s high in the mountain town will be 42 with snow showers possible.

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