Clovis News

Valley rain to last at least until sunset

A steady light rain began this morning in the central San Joaquin Valley and is expected to continue until at least sunset.

Mike Bingham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said drier weather to the west is trying to work its way inland. But, he added, it's uncertain whether it'll get to the Fresno area before California's best high school track and field athletes begin competing this evening at Clovis' Buchanan High School in the state CIF championships.

The Valley most likely will see occasional showers after sunset, Bingham said.

The chance of rain probably will stick around the Valley for the next 24 to 36 hours. Monday looks to be dry, but the unseasonably cool temperatures that the Valley has had recently figure to continue well into next week, Bingham said. The highs by the end of week could be in the low 80s, which is still a handful of degrees below normal.

Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada today were high -- 10,000 to 11,000 feet, Bingham said. They could drop to 8,000 feet or lower by Sunday night and produce five to seven inches of snow.

"It wouldn't be a heavy snow," Bingham said. But considering that this time of year is almost always sunny and warm, he added, "anything might be a pain in the neck" to mountain visitors.

Bingham said there will be a winter storm watch in the Yosemite National Park area from 11 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday.

Bingham said Valley rain totals wouldn't be available until about 5 p.m.

Officials at the state track meet said the event will go on despite the rain. Other events bowed to Mother Nature. For example, Fresno City Council Member Clint Olivier said White Cane Day, a fundraiser to boost public awareness of blind and visually impaired people scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Manchester Center, had to be postponed. Olivier, who is helping publicize the event, said it will be rescheduled.