A storm originating above the Gulf of Alaska will move into California on Sunday, bringing light rains to theValley and snow to the Sierra, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.
Several inches of snow are expected in the mountains just north of Kings Canyon National Park from Sunday night until Monday night. The snow will fall at elevations as low as 4,000 feet by Monday.
The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for the area from Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park from 7 p.m. Sunday to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The lower elevations are expected to receive between 4 and 8 inches of snow, while elevations above 7,000 feet could get up to a foot.
Highway 41, 120 and 168 could all be affected by the weather. Drivers should be prepared for slick roadway conditions, the NWS said.
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The weather service predicts that rain will reach Los Banos by 2 p.m. Sunday. Showers will reach Fresno by late afternoon, and the city will get about one-third of an inch, with other Valley cities soaking up about one-fifth of an inch.
High temperatures are predicted to drop below 60 degrees on Monday and temperatures will remain below normal until the end of the week.