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Rain expected to stick around in Valley

The Central San Joaquin Valley's wet weather could continue for another day.

And the unusually cool temperatures probably aren't going anywhere, either.

A steady light rain began Saturday morning in many parts of the Valley and didn't let up for much of the day.

Mike Bingham, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said the wet weather, rare for this time of the year, probably would stick around for today.

Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada on Saturday were at 10,000 feet to 11,000 feet, Bingham said. They could drop to 8,000 feet or lower at night and produce five to seven inches of snow.

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

Fresno received 0.19 of an inch of rain as of 5 p.m. Saturday, Bingham said. Other rainfall totals included Merced 0.45, Madera 0.49, Hanford 0.13 and Lemoore 0.30.

Bingham said most of the rain was on the Valley's west side and to the north. He said Visalia had no measurable rain as of 5 p.m.

Fresno's high as of 5 p.m. Saturday was 64 degrees. He said Valley highs within a week could be in the low 80s, which is still below normal.

Officials at the CIF State High School Track and Field Meet at Buchanan High School in Clovis said late Saturday morning that the finals that evening would go on as planned.

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 for Saturday at Manchester Center, had to be postponed. Olivier, who is helping publicize the event, said the event will be rescheduled.

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