Most of California, including the Central Valley and the Mountain Area woke to pouring rain this morning.
According to Visitor Information Specialist Leslie Vanmetter at the Bass lake Ranger District office in North Fork, the Mountain Area received 3.6 inches of rain from 8 a.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. this morning.
According to Meteorologist Brian Ochs at the National Weather Service in Hanford, showers are expected off and on throughout the day Thursday, with a chance of isolated thunder storms between 2 and 8 p.m. The current storm should be over by midnight, with lingering light showers into Friday morning.
Friday will be mostly sunny with a 20% chance of rain in the morning, and a 30 to 40% chance of rain Saturday. Sunday brings a colder system with the possibility of snow falling above 4,000 feet.
Sunday through Wednesday expected to be mostly clear.
Rain fall to date this year in the Mountain Area is 20.61 inches, with 12.87 inches falling during March, according to Vanmetter.
Last year the total was 64.4 inches, 191% of the 100-year average which is 33.67 inches. The fiscal year for rain is from July 1 to June 30.
For National Weather Service current conditions and forecasts, call (559) 584-0312.
For road conditions, call Cal Trans at 1-800-427-7623.
For Yosemite road conditions call (209) 372-0200.