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Storms may dump inch of rain in Valley

Valley residents will have to keep pulling out their umbrellas and snow gear this week as a series of late-winter storms takes aim at the region.

The first storm, which the National Weather Service said would bring light amounts of rain late Tuesday and early today, was expected to leave the Valley today.

Less than one-tenth of an inch of rain was expected in the Valley from the first storm, said Jim Dudley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Hanford. No snow advisories were expected.

Predictions for rain and snow amounts could change as the storms roll in, Dudley said. But if the Valley gets the near-inch of rain forecast, "we have a good potential to go ahead of normal rainfall," he said.

The second storm, expected to begin Thursday night, could drop about one-third of an inch of rain on the Valley and up to 12 inches of snow in the mountains, with snow advisories possible for Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest, the National Weather Service predicted.

The third storm, expected to roll in Saturday night through Sunday, could be the strongest, with about half an inch of rain in the Valley.

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