Cold front moving into Madera


Courtesy of Jamison Jones

Snow falls in Indian Lakes Estates in Coarsegold on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued numerous weather warnings to residents of Madera County, including high wind and hard freeze warnings.


A high wind warning is in effect from midnight tonight until noon. Meanwhile, a hard freeze warning was in effect from 2-8 a.m. Tuesday.


Because of the weather, the City of Madera announced it has activated the John W. Wells Youth Center as a warming center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Tuesday night, temperatures are expected to be near 42 degrees with winds up to 25 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Chance of rain is 90 percent with a quarter-to-half inch possible. In some areas, the temperature will drop to 26 degrees.


More rain is expected Wednesday with 100 percent possibility and wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour. There is up to an inch of rain expected all day Wednesday.


Rain is also expected Thursday with as much to three-quarters of an inch with winds up to 20 miles per hour.


The rain should slow down over the weekend with a 50 percent chance Friday down to 30 percent on Saturday and Sunday, but more rain is expected next week.


In the Madera mountain areas, snow is expected this week. There is a chance of rain all week with a 100 percent chance Wednesday and Thursday.


A slight chance of snow could come down to as low as Auberry on Tuesday with the low of 35 degrees. However, there is a 100 percent chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday.


A little further up the mountains, Oakhurst will also see some snow this week, probably on Tuesday where a chance of rain is 100 percent and snow could be up to four inches.


However, despite rain forecasted for Wednesday and Thursday, snow is not expected.


“Our number one priority is the safety of the public,” according to a social media post by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. “The Madera County Office of Emergency Services is urging people to use good judgement and limit their travel into and around the mountain areas. Please stay home and if you must travel, exercise extreme caution and be prepared with proper safety equipment, including snow chains. County road crews will be working to maintain access and keep roads clear, with a priority on main thoroughfares. When people drive vehicles on snow covered roads without chains or 4-wheel-drive and get stuck or crash, that creates an unnecessary strain on traffic routes, emergency responders and road crews.”

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