Its another sunny, warmer-than-usual day ahead for the Northern San Joaquin Valley, but the National Weather Service says a change is approaching.
A storm system will move into the area Tuesday, bringing a chance of rain by afternoon, getting more likely by evening and Wednesday morning. Its expected to drop up to a half-inch of rainfall, with more in the foothills.
Temperatures are expected to drop a few degrees: Wednesdays high is expected to be 67 in Merced, down from todays 75.
Rain in the valley means snow in the mountains, but this system is pretty warm, so the snow is expected to stay above 6,500 feet, forecasters say. The system should move out by Thursday, with high temperatures rising again to the mid 70s by the weekend.