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Pacific storm leaves puddles in Valley, lots of snow in Sierra

Chloe Cacdac, 14, right, spins her sister Abigail Cacdac, 10, at Martin Ray Reilly Park on Chestnut Avenue at Highway 180 on a bright but overcast Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016 in Fresno, Calif. Saturday’s respite brought people outside after Friday’s deluge included flooding.
Chloe Cacdac, 14, right, spins her sister Abigail Cacdac, 10, at Martin Ray Reilly Park on Chestnut Avenue at Highway 180 on a bright but overcast Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016 in Fresno, Calif. Saturday’s respite brought people outside after Friday’s deluge included flooding. ezamora@fresnobee.com

A Pacific storm system that rolled through the Valley on Friday left puddles in the Valley and deep snow at higher elevations Saturday.

Fresno collected 0.55 inches of rain from the storm, said David Spector, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford. Fresno’s rainfall total climbs to 12.68 inches for the season and 7.48 inches for the calendar year.

Visalia only got 0.29 inches from the storm, Spector said. But the story was different in Hanford, where 0.74 inches fell, mostly from a line of afternoon thunderstorms stretching south from Madera County to Kings County.

“It dumped a lot of rain in a short period of time,” Spector said.

Quarter-sized hail fell from the thunderstorm across Fresno, according to the weather service.

Water pooled up on streets throughout the city but was mostly gone by 5 p.m., said Mark Standriff, spokesman for the city of Fresno.

Northeast of Fresno in the Sierra, the China Peak Mountain Resort reported more than a foot of new snow by 5 a.m. Saturday, CEO Tim Cohee said.

Snow fell with intensity throughout the day and didn’t stop until around 9 p.m. Friday.

“The snow came in like a lion,” Cohee said.

About 3,000 people took advantage of the new snowfall under sunny skies Saturday, Cohee said. The ski resort is expected to remain open until April 24.

The same conditions were seen to the north at Yosemite National Park’s ski and snowboard area, general manager Sean Costello said. At least 1.5 feet of snow was added to the slopes.

Costello said the snow fell at almost 2 inches an hour for most of the day.

The next storm is hitting the Pacific Northwest on Saturday and dropping southeast into the Valley overnight Saturday, Spector said. Most areas aren’t expected to receive as much rain as from Friday’s storm.

Fresno can only expect 0.10 inches of rain, with cities southward expecting the same amount, Spector said. The Sierra Nevada above 5,500 feet near Yosemite should get 8 to 16 inches of new snow, while mountain areas in Tulare County may only see 1 to 2 inches.

A slow warming trend is expected after the storm exits the Valley on Monday, Spector said. There aren’t any storms expected to hit the Valley through this week.

Fresno’s forecast low for overnight Saturday is 47 overnight, followed by a high of 63 on Sunday, low of 49 Sunday night and high of 64 on Monday, Spector said.

To the south, Visalia’s forecast overnight low Saturday is 49 degrees, with the high Sunday reaching 65, followed by a nighttime low of 50 degrees and a high Monday of 66, he said.

Paul Schlesinger: 559-441-6659, @PaulSch_Photog

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