HANFORD —While the Central Valley has gotten a much-needed dose of rain in the last few days, it’s nothing but sunshine in the foreseeable future.
Dan Harty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said we have been experiencing a storm system that has brought some rain to the Valley and snow to the mountains.
Varying amounts of clouds to mostly cloudy skies and isolated showers can be expected through today, but will be gone by Sunday. Harty said there’s a 70 percent chance of showers today that will taper off into a 40 percent chance by nightfall.
Today’s high temperature will be about 56 degrees and the low temperature tonight will be about 34 degrees. High temperatures for the next few days are forecasted to be 60 degrees on Sunday, 64 degrees on Monday and will jump to 70 degrees Tuesday, Harty said.
Low temperatures will be 34 degrees on Sunday night and 36 degrees on Monday night, he said.
Harty said normal high temperatures for this time are around 65 degrees, so current weather is not too far off normal.
“We’re a little below right now and then we’ll climb up to above [normal temperatures],” Harty said.
As far as rainfall, Scott Borgioli, CEO and chief meteorologist of WeatherAg, reports Hanford at about 2.47 inches of rain, which is 28 percent of the annual average of 8.94 inches of rain.
"Rainfall amounts across the Valley have been very impressive," Borgioli said in a weather update via email. "This storm has provided a boost to the snow pack and a small boost to the Valley rain deficits."
He said the rain - and snowfall are not huge, but it's worth celebrating that there has been some precipitation.
He said most Valley stations are around 65-75 percent below average of where they should be this year and the snow pack is only about 24 percent of the year-to-date average.
Borgioli said around 2-3 feet of new snow has been reported in parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
While the rain is still here, Harty warns drivers to be careful while driving on the slick roads and to watch out for puddles in order to avoid hydroplaning.