Weak storm to bring cooling, chance of rain to Valley

The weekend’s springlike weather will give way to a cooler and potentially wet start of the week in the central San Joaquin Valley as a weak storm system moves through the region, the National Weather Service said.

The weather system will bring a chance of rain Monday and Tuesday across the region, and gusty winds along the west side of the Valley and in Kern County, the weather service said. In the Sierra Nevada, snow levels are expected to drop from 9,000 feet to 6,000 feet by Monday night.

Sunday’s high in Fresno hit 78, which is 10 degrees higher than normal for the day, the weather service said. High temperatures are expected to fall to 69 on Monday and 62 on Tuesday.

A 30 percent chance of rain is expected after 11 a.m. Monday. By evening, the chance of rain increases to 40 percent and the system will bring winds gusting to 25 mph. By Wednesday, skies should be clear and temperatures warming. Daytime highs in Fresno are expected to reach the mid-70s by Friday.

Fresno has seen 12.88 inches of rain since Oct. 1 – more than double the 4.59 inches received by this time last year, and well ahead of the 11.5 inches that typically fall in Fresno in an entire year.

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