Local water officials cautiously optimistic
Madera farmers might breathe a sigh of relief tonight if predictions of a winter storm in the area come true.
About a quarter of an inch of rain is expected to fall in Madera from a storm coming from the Gulf of Alaska tonight through Saturday morning, said Carlos Molina, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Hanford.
Earlier in the week, meteorologists expected the storm to hit Madera on Wednesday. But that day, the storm was still pushing through Washington and Oregon, Molina said.
“It’ll be closer to sunset (tonight) before we see rain and snow across the Valley and the mountains,” he said. “The bulk of the rain will fall Thursday night through Saturday. So Friday will be a rainy day and we’ll have lingering showers through Saturday morning...