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Heavy rain to continue through Friday, flash flood warnings in effect for foothills

Kids head to Garfield Elementary in the rain, in Clovis, Wednesday morning.
Kids head to Garfield Elementary in the rain, in Clovis, Wednesday morning. jwalker@fresnobee.com

The water isn’t letting up during the next few days leading up to Friday, as Fresno could possibly see another 2 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, flash flood warnings remain for the foothills and mountainous areas below 8,000 feet. Flash flood warnings will continue through Thursday evening for areas like Marisposa, Madera, Fresno County Foothills, Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, Tulare County Foothills, and the Tulare County Mountains.

Some of those areas could see up to 6 inches of rain leading up to Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Dan Harty of the National Weather Service in Hanford said the rain is significantly higher from last year's March total in Fresno, which was around 1.47 inches. This year for March the area has gotten around 2.53 inches of rain.

Scenes from around Fresno and the west side of Fresno County CA after an overnight and early morning storm that rolled through the Valley on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, .

Still, Harty said March's rainfall barely meets a third of the average “rain year,” which begins Oct. 1 every year. Fresno's current rain year stands at only 45 percent of normal. Thus far Fresno's only gotten 4.43 inches of rain as of Oct. 1, while last year was almost three times as much, with 12.91 inches of rain.

The rain is expected to begin winding down over the weekend as the storm passes. A smaller storm is expected to brush the North Valley over the weekend, bringing a bit of rain but nothing too significant. Next week is expected to be relatively dry, according to NWS.

Harty describes the rainfall as an "atmospheric river" and says areas like the foothills may experience a significant amount of precipitation accompanied by flood warnings.

"It's a warm storm so were having some high snow levels," Harty said. "We do expect some significant rain and possible 3 to 6 inches in the foothills leading to the Sierras with several feet of snow above 8,000 feet."

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