The weather in Fresno that’s forecast to be unseasonably warm for Thanksgiving is expected to give way this weekend to rain, meteorologists said Wednesday.
With highs in the upper 60s in Fresno and much of the central San Joaquin Valley, Thursday is expected to be about five degrees warmer than is typical for the holiday, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.
A low pressure system making its way to the Valley from up north was forecast to bring rain Monday and into Tuesday morning, meteorologists said.
That could bring about a quarter-inch of precipitation to Fresno, Madera, Merced and the rest of the Valley.
The rain could total a half-inch to 1 inch in the foothills in places like Mariposa and Shaver Lake, the weather service said.
Snow could reach down to 3,000 feet on Monday.
A trough of low pressure will move southward across Central California early next week, resulting in a likelihood of snow in the mountains and a chance of rain in the San Joaquin Valley Monday into Tuesday morning. Snow levels should drop to about 3,000 feet Monday night. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/9NUL9M6JuW
— NWS Hanford (@NWSHanford) November 23, 2022
The Fresno area has recorded about 2.5 inches of rain for the season, according to the service’s almanac. The normal average is more than 5 inches.
Tioga Road in Yosemite closed for season
Anticipating snow beginning Sunday, officials with Yosemite National Park declared Tioga Road closed for the season.
“It typically reopens in late May or June, depending on conditions,” the park service said on social media Friday.
The status of the roads is available around the clock at 209-372-0200 (then press 1 and 1 again) for current road conditions.