MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office predicts a storm system will drop southward through California on Sunday and Monday, bringing a chance of light rain and mountain snow to the area. Freezing temperatures are likely across the San Joaquin Valley Monday and Tuesday nights, with upper 20s in rural areas.
This will bring a chance of generally light precipitation, increased winds, and cooler temperatures. Moisture is limited, but snow levels will drop into the foothills. Predictions are as much as one-half of an inch of precipitation over the Sierra Nevada, one-quarter of an inch in the Tehachapi Mountains, and up to one-tenth an inch in the San Joaquin Valley.
Weather models indicate that high pressure will build back into central California from the Pacific on Tuesday, but the incoming airmass will be very cold. With mainly clear skies and light winds expected on Monday night and again on Tuesday night across our area, minimum temperatures on Tuesday morning and Wednesday mornings will be chilly. Much of the San Joaquin Valley outside of the immediate Fresno and Bakersfield vicinities has a chance of sub-freezing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.