Meteorologist: rain, snow likely

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But will ‘barely make a dent’

Madera’s first rainfall in almost two months is in today’s forecast as well as snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, but a meteorologist said the amounts of expected precipitation will “barely make a dent” in a statewide drought.

Up to a foot of snow was expected Wednesday night and continuing today around Yosemite National Park as low as 7,000 feet elevation, said Gary Sanger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

For rain, Madera has a 50 percent chance of showers today with an expected 0.17 inches of rainfall, Sanger said, but he noted the numbers weren’t exactly encouraging.

“If you’re looking for what’s normal in Madera, that amount of rain is virtually nothing,” Sanger said. “I mean the normal for the month is 2.21 inches and if Madera even gets that 0.17, that’s all that will have fallen this month so far. It will make absolutely no change to the deficit we’ve accumulated in this drought.” ...

 

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