Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS San Joaquin Valley, CA

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FXUS66 KHNX 241254

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service San Joaquin Valley - Hanford CA
554 AM PDT Sat Mar 24 2018

A weak low pressure system will move into the region beginning
later today bringing an increase in clouds and an increased chance
of precipitation to areas north of Fresno County and especially
to the higher elevations around Yosemite National Park through
early Monday morning. High pressure will move into the region
beginning Monday, this will start a warming and drying trend well
into the work week.


An upper level low currently is sitting over the Pacific Ocean
just west of the Oregon Coast as seen in the latest infrared
satellite imagery. This system is progged to move south and east
and will skirt the northern parts of our CWA. The moisture is
scarce with this system and the main impacts look to be an
increase in clouds, scattered showers, breezy to gusty winds, and
cooler temperatures. The precipitation amounts will be light with
this system which is really a good thing as area soils are still
inundated with plenty of water from the soaking we received with
the last event.

As the system moves eastward through the region by Monday morning,
long wave ridging will be right behind it and bring a return to
warmer temperatures and allow for us to dry out a bit. By the end
of the middle of the week temperatures will approach the lower 70s
in many locations across the SJV and desert areas. By Thursday
many locations will even see high temperatures approaching the
lower 80s. Very nice spring weather is taking shape for the area
through at least next Saturday and right in time for area schools
letting out for spring break. So we just need to get through this
cool system over the next several days. It is like eating our
vegetables before we get our dessert. It should be worth the wait


Localized terrain obscurations and low ceilings in the Sierra
foothills and Kern County mountains. A few showers will move south
into central California after 18Z Saturday. Otherwise, VFR
conditions will prevail throughout the central California interior
during the next 24 hours.





The level of certainty for days 1 and 2 is high.
The level of certainty for days 3 through 7 is high.

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