The weekend's rain was nice while it lasted. Now, except for night and morning fog, the Valley is in for a week of dry and relatively warm weather, the National Weather Service said.
The last in a string of storms dropped .45 of an inch of rain on Fresno on Monday, the weather service said. Since Thursday, storms have dropped 1.37 inches of rain on Fresno -- a welcome break from eight rainless weeks, but still not enough to bring the Valley up to its seasonal average of 5.29 inches for this time of year.
With the rain gone, a ridge of high pressure is heading into California, bringing sunny skies for the next week, weather service meteorologist Kevin Durfee said.
Fresno's daytime high temperatures will range between the mid-50s to the low-60s. Nighttime temperatures will dip into the low-to-mid 30s.
As for the next Valley rain storm and Sierra snow storm? Durfee said that neither rain nor snow are in the forecast for the next week.
Still, Valley farmers were thankful for the rain they got. The region's rangeland is in need of moisture, as are tree fruit and nut crops.
"This rain has been good for just about everything," said Fred Rinder, Fresno County deputy agricultural commissioner. "And there are so many things that need water right now."
Rinder said the rain may slow the citrus harvest, but that will be temporary.
"They will come back when things dry out," Rinder said.
Rain totals, which are well below normal, will benefit a little from the weekend storms that hit California, said David Sweet, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Los Angeles. But forecasters say the rain wasn't enough to bring California's totals back toward normal.
The Sierra Nevada finally had its first serious snowfall of the season.
"It was kind of late," said Brian O'Hara, a weather service forecaster in the Reno, Nev., office.
The Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe typically get their snow in late November or early December, but the first good accumulation didn't hit until this weekend, with ski resorts getting an average of 12 inches to 20 inches of snow, O'Hara said.
O'Hara said the snow was preceded by two days of rain. When followed by snow, it usually bodes well for moisture the state needs to build its water supplies.
The storm was blamed for one death over the weekend. In Yosemite National Park, winds killed an employee, Ryan Hiller, 27, of Chapel Hill, N.C., when a tree fell on top of his tent cabin.