End of drought in sight

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Do you remember the last time we had measurable rain or snow in our area? It was towards the end of December. In fact, climate data from the National Weather Service shows that the last time Fresno received precipitation was Dec. 29, 2021. For the past seven weeks, most of California has experienced a hot, dry spell. which broke some records. Hopefully that is about to change.

Big changes start Monday

Starting Monday, Presidents Day, we can expect high temperatures in the 50s. That’s down from the highs of the upper 60s and low 70s that we’ve been experiencing for the past few weeks.

On Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, valid until Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. There is a 60% chance of snowfall in and around Oakhurst on Monday night. Accumulations could be up to 1 inch.

Tuesday and Wednesday Lowering of snow levels

A storm system will affect central California Tuesday through Wednesday morning. The snow level will start at around 2,000 feet Tuesday before dropping to around 1,000 feet Wednesday morning. The majority of this precipitation will fall on Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday daytime, snow can be expected, mostly before 4 p.m. and a high near 41. The chance of precipitation is 80%, and further snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible. There is a 40% chance of snow Tuesday evening, mostly before 10 p.m. The rest of the night and early Wednesday morning will be mostly cloudy, with lows around 23 degrees. During the day Wednesday we have a 20% chance of snow after 10 a.m. and widespread frost before 9 a.m.

To end the week

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

Please be careful and be prepared. If you are traveling, expect delays, pack emergency chains and supplies, and check road conditions ahead of time. At home, expect power outages, stock up on necessary supplies and medications, and follow local media for emergency information.

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