Storm Hits the Valley, Snow in the Sierras

October 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Snow at the highest elevations and rain in the Valley as a big October storm arrives.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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The storm could bring more than an inch of rain to the Valley and several inches to the foothills and mountains. It has knocked out power to about 1,400 customers in Fresno County including a couple of schools, but the storm is also causing other problems.

Valley commuters encountered slick roads and traffic tie ups Tuesday morning. One 4-car accident on southbound 41 near Divisadero happened at the height of rush hour. No one was hurt but traffic was backed up on the southbound lanes.

The rain isn't stopping two-dollar Tuesday at the Big Fresno Fair. The fair is open rain or shine. Workers are covering up their cash registers with plastic bags and putting extra mats in high traffic areas to keep people from slipping. They'll also block off areas where flooding may occur.

Because of the rain and windy conditions, Action News will not be broadcasting our evening newscasts live from the Big Fresno Fair Tuesday.

Fair officials said the concerts scheduled for the Paul Paul Theater will go on as scheduled unless the artists decide not to perform. The North Valley is expected to get more rain than the South Valley. Merced saw the first drops Tuesday morning around 6 a.m.

The heaviest rain is still to come and is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The weather also caused widespread power outages and fender-benders all over Fresno.



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