Dry, warmer weather returning to Merced area

Rain and wind should disappear today, giving way to dry, warmer weather through the weekend and into next week, the National Weather Service in Hanford reported.

“We’ve had some thunderstorms in the Valley, around Merced and the Chowchilla area, and some snow higher up above 9,000 feet,” meteorologist Jim Bagnall said.

Snowfall levels were not available Wednesday.

Forecasters called for rain showers in the Valley through last night with temperatures reaching the upper 60s.

The Weather Service reported 0.10 inches of rain fell in Merced and trace amounts in Los Banos.

Winds around the central Valley were expected to peak around 20 mph. However, in part of the southern Valley, winds reached around 50 mph, meteorologists said.

Temperatures the rest of the week should reach the upper 70s with lows in the upper 40s, with only mild winds peaking around 10 mph.

“After (Wednesday,) it should warm up through next week,” Bagnall said.

Warm-weather temperatures could reach the low 80s by Tuesday, forecasters said.