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End to Dry Spell in Sight

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Do you remember the last time we had any measurable rain or snow in our area? It was near the end of December. In fact, The National Weather Service Climate Data shows that the last time Fresno received any precipitation was December 29, 2021. For the past seven weeks, most of California has been experiencing a warm, dry spell that broke a couple of records. Hopefully, that’s about to change.

Big Changes Start Monday

Beginning on Monday, Presidents Day, we can expect high temperatures in the low 50’s. This is down from the highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s we have experienced over the last few weeks.

Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, valid until Wednesday at 4:00 PM. Monday night, there’s a 60% chance of snow for Oakhurst and the surrounding areas.  Accumulations could be up to 1 inch.

Tuesday and Wednesday Snow Levels Lower

A storm system will impact Central California Tuesday through Wednesday morning. The snow level will start at around 2,000 feet Tuesday before falling to about 1,000 feet Wednesday morning. The majority of this precipitation will fall Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, during the day, we can expect snow, mainly before 4 pm and a high near 41. The chance of precipitation is 80%, and new snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible. There’s a 40 % chance of snow on Tuesday night, mainly before 10 pm. The rest of the night and early Wednesday morning will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 23 degrees. During the day on Wednesday, we have a 20 percent chance of snow after 10 am and widespread frost before 9 am.


To Finish Off the Week

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, temperatures will be in the upper 40s and lower 50s and mostly sunny skies. Nights and early mornings will see temperatures near freezing. Be prepared to bring pets indoors and cover sensitive, exposed vegetation and outdoor plumbing.

Please use caution and be prepared.  If you will be traveling, expect delays, carry chains and emergency supplies, and check road conditions ahead of time. At home, expect power outages, stock up on needed supplies and medications, and follow local media sources for emergency information.

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