MADERA COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued an alert for the Madera County foothills and the Sierra from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, as a series of cold winter storms heads our way.
A cold Pacific storm system is expected to bring precipitation and much colder temperatures to the area on Tuesday. High temps on Tuesday are expect to be about 20 degrees lower than Monday’s highs.The system is also forecast to bring rain and higher elevation snow on Tuesday morning through evening, with a quarter-to-half inch of rain in the valley, and a half-inch of rain or snow in the mountains.
Snow levels are expected between 3,500 and 4,000 feet, with brisk winds over the mountain passes and the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.
Wednesday will be a blustery and showery day, with a continuation of cooler than normal temperatures across the area. Precipitation is expected to taper off on Wednesday night, however, unsettled weather is expected to prevail across the area for the remainder of this week as a series of cold Pacific systems drop southward.