Weekend is expected to pack a blustery punch

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTSDecember 1, 2012 

The valley is getting a much-appreciated soaking with three storms in a week. The first hit Wednesday, making for slick road conditions, before tapering off Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

More rain was expected Thursday night.

Today's high is expected to be 61 degrees with an 80 percent chance of rain -- about a quarter of an inch or more.

Wind gusts of more than 30 mph also are expected, according to meteorologist Daniel Harty.

As for the weekend, staying indoors or packing an umbrella are highly recommended.

"It's not going to be a sunny weekend," according to Harty. "We might get a few breaks in the clouds, but we have an unsettled pattern."

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday calls for highs of 62 degrees.

"There's a really big one coming in Saturday night and especially Sunday," Harty said of the storm pattern, adding that the beginning of next week will provide another break in the wet weather.

Although some clouds will hang around Monday, Harty said heavy fog likely will return to the region next week.

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