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As rains end, a sunny warmup forecast for Valley

Light rain falls on Fresno

Watch scenes of people trying to stay dry in the light rain on Sunday afternoon, March 13, 2016 in Fresno.
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Watch scenes of people trying to stay dry in the light rain on Sunday afternoon, March 13, 2016 in Fresno.

Following a possibility of rain Monday morning, the central San Joaquin Valley will start drying out with a week of higher temperatures and sunny skies, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.

After Sunday’s expected high of 62, the temperature will climb to 66 on Monday and Tuesday, 70 on Wednesday and 74 Thursday, the National Weather Service said. Overnight lows will be in the upper 40s.

As of 3 p.m. on Sunday, Fresno received 0.06 inches of rain and was on track to reach 0.07 inches for the day, NWS meteorologist Scott Rowe said. The Sierra Nevada and surrounding foothills were expected to get up to three-quarters of an inch.

Snow is expected to remain around 6,000 to 7,000 feet, Rowe said. “There’s not a lot of cold air bringing it down,” Rowe said. That said, 10 to 15 inches were expected at higher elevations in Yosemite National Park on Sunday and into Monday.

A winter weather advisory was posted by the weather service Sunday for the Sierra from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, including the town of Shaver Lake. Winds from 25 to 35 mph and gusts to 50 mph were expected, making travel difficult. The advisory will remain in place until 10 a.m. Monday.

As the current system leaves the Valley, there are no other storms expected in the region for the foreseeable future.

The weather service said high pressure would build along the West, setting up into the blocking pattern that deflects storms into Canada. So dry weather is expected through the coming weekend, and with highs in the 70s, it will feel like spring, which officially starts on Sunday.

Fresno has received 2.92 inches of rain since the start of the month, and 12.87 inches since Oct. 1 – 4.24 inches more than the 8.63 inches normally received by this time and above the average for an entire season.

Razi Syed: 559-441-6679, @razisyed

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