Rain predicted for Merced on Wednesday

03/24/2014 5:26 PM

03/24/2014 10:41 PM

A thunderstorm is expected to make a stop in the San Joaquin Valley on Wednesday, shaking up the spring temperatures and clear sky the region has experienced in past weeks.

The weather will start changing this evening, with light showers and gusty wind up to 20 mph, according to Kevin Durfee, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

With an 80 percent chance of precipitation, Wednesday’s rainfall may total between a tenth and quarter of an inch, but higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.

One-third of an inch of rain is expected to fall across Merced County between today and Thursday, with heavier rainfall on the eastern side of the county including the Atwater, Merced and Planada areas.

Mariposa County may see about 0.75 inches of rainfall, and Madera County could see between a tenth to a quarter of an inch.

“The storm will bring in some much needed rain, but nothing drought-busting,” said Durfee.

According to the forecast, precipitation will diminish by Wednesday night. A dry and warmer pattern with a high of 75 and low of 49 is predicted for Friday and Saturday.

Clouds and the possibility of light rain is expected for Sunday night; a partly sunny day with a high near 71 is anticipated for Monday.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect today through Thursday for higher elevations such as Yosemite and Kings Canyon. These areas may accumulate up to a foot of snow, according to Durfee.

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