Valley's rain respite won't last long

The Valley is expected to see a brief, sunny break from the rain today, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

After a few days of rain, Fresno is expected to see high temperatures in the 70s and 80s over the weekend before another system is expected to arrive Tuesday, said Gary Sanger, a weather service meteorologist.

The showers on Thursday brought Fresno's rainfall total to 12.1 inches for the season -- almost an inch above the season's normal total, according to the weather service.

With one storm gone, temperatures today should reach about 71 degrees and highs tomorrow are also expected to be in the 70s.

High temperatures should rise to about 80 for Sunday and Monday, Sanger said.

Thursday's high reached only 57 degrees -- a tie for Fresno's lowest high temperature for the date reached in 1980, Sanger said.

Normal high temperatures for this time of year are in the mid-70s.

Tuesday could bring another system to the Valley that might last until next Thursday, Sanger said. "This has been an unusually cold and wet month," Sanger said.

Snow levels were at about 4,500 feet elevation Thursday but they are expected go up over the next couple of days, Sanger said.

At the start of next week's system, snow levels should be around 6,000 feet. Snow levels are expected to drop down to about 4,500 feet by the middle of next week, he said.

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