Freeze warning continues early Tuesday


West Side residents woke to a little ice at sunrise on Monday and you can expect more of the same Tuesday morning.

In fact, the National Weather Service said it may even be a degree or two colder in the morning.

Overnight lows Tuesday morning in the rural areas of the San Joaquin Valley could fall as low as 27 to 31 degrees, the weather service said. The NWS issued a freeze warning for the Valley from  1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesday

The ice comes in the wake of a complex two-part weather system that dropped about a quarter inch of rain in the Taft area, most of that on Saturday, and drastically cooled the weather.

The area went from T-shirt weather on Friday with a high near 70 to hoodie and jacket weather with temperatures that struggled to get past 50s.

About a quarter inch of rain was measured in the Taft area after showers, thunder and even some small hail hit the area Saturday. A few scattered, light showers fell in Taft on Sunday.

Hudson Ranch Road was closed much of the weekend by snow and ice but was open again Monday. Traffic was escorted over the Grapevine for a time Sunday night due to snow.

After tomorrow's freezing morning, temperatures are expected to moderate a bit as the week goes on, warming each day until afternoon highs get into the low 60s and overnight lows warm to the low 50s by the weekend.

But the weather service cautions that long range forecast models are indicating more unsettled weather could follow next week.