COUNTY – Temperatures are expected to drop later this week as a cold storm system moves into the area, bringing winter-like weather to the higher elevations and the welcome possibility of rain to the foothills.
According to the U.S. National Weather Service in Hanford, the weather will turn on Thursday and Friday, May 7 – 8, especially affecting elevations above 7,000 feet. The storm is expected to clear by Saturday.
“Confidence is overall medium with respect to timing of the incoming low pressure system and cooler temperatures,” Hanford reports, adding that confidence is low regarding exact amounts and locations of showers and possible thunderstorms.
Snow levels could drop to 6000 feet across the Southern Sierra, with a chance of 1-3 inches of snow. Locally, higher amounts are possible at higher elevations. Drivers should be prepared for winter driving conditions, carrying chains and a winter survival kit, Hanford warns.
Lower elevations can anticipate some unsettled, cooler weather with showers and isolated thunderstorms possible over much of the lower elevations including the Sierra Nevada foothills and San Joaquin Valley.
In the Oakhurst area, reports are currently forecasting a 20% chance of showers starting late Wednesday night, with a low dropping to 44 degrees. Thursday, look for a chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible after 11 a.m. The chance of precipitation Thursday is currently said to be 40%, with a low of around 43. Winds could be as high as 15 mph.
On Friday, the local foothill area will continue to see a chance of showers with thunderstorms possible after 11 a.m., partly sunny, with a high of 62 and a 30% chance of precipitation.
Saturday is expected to be a little warmer and sunny, just in time for your weekend. Remember, the confidence level for this storm is medium to low. For more information and updates, check local weather stations.