Temperatures are expected to rise slightly this week in the central San Joaquin Valley after an early Tuesday morning freeze that “wasn’t anywhere near the record-setting anything.” A hard-freeze warning isn’t planned for Wednesday like it was for Tuesday morning, said meteorologist Jim Bentzien with the National Weather Service in Hanford.
The region’s coldest temperatures on the Valley floor were reported in rural Tulare County and at the Madera airport, with lows of 26-27 degrees, Bentzien said. Fresno experienced lows between 33 and 34 degrees – a handful of degrees warmer than the record low of 28 in 1897. Rain is not expected in the Valley this week.
Bentzien said patchy fog is possible Wednesday morning, “but not a widespread event … it will be a return to slightly warmer temperatures, but still a little below normal, for the next couple mornings.”
California Citrus Mutual said Tuesday morning that temperatures have been ideal for Valley citrus growers so far this season.
“In the case of last night, temperatures did not approach critical levels,” the group wrote in a news release, “and were in fact a very welcome change from the unseasonably warm temperatures had to date.”
High winds toppled some trees and power lines in Bass Lake overnight, prompting the Madera County Sheriff’s Office to issue an emergency alert late Monday advising residents to stay inside their homes. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokesman Denny Boyles said there were two wind-related power outages in Bass Lake on Monday night that affected about 1,600 customers. Power was restored early Tuesday morning.