Another rain storm headed to Fresno. Will area also see low temperatures below freezing?

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA/ezamora@fresnobee.com

Fresno is projected to get light showers from early Sunday through Monday afternoon before a cold front reaches the region, according to meteorologists.

Less than a tenth of an inch is in the forecast for Fresno and parts of the San Joaquin Valley, like Hanford and Madera, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

The foothills east of Fresno and the Central Coast are set for slightly more rain, and areas like Mariposa and Shaver Lake could see a quarter-inch, the service said.

The wet weather event will be much more blustery than the storms that came from the atmospheric river this month, which caused floods and damage, according to Jeff Barlow, a meteorologist in Hanford.

The coming storm is part of a polar air mass headed to the Valley from Canada. “This doesn’t seem to be as long as the last one but it’s going to be colder,” he said.

Projections also show about 3 inches of snow in the Yosemite Valley.

Barlow said the snow levels will likely reach down to 3,000 feet. “That could impact some of the foothill communities,” he said.

It could also be a potential headache for commuters headed across the Grapevine or Tehachapi Pass, he said.

Barlow said meteorologists have not yet issued a freeze warning for the Valley, but one could be coming for Monday and Tuesday nights when the low could get down to 27 degrees.

Highs are expected to be in the 50s.

The city of Fresno said Thursday that warming centers will stay open into February as the cold storm comes. The city provides cots, blankets and pet cages for those who visit, according to a news release.

FAX buses provide free transport to any of the warming centers, which are Maxie L. Parks Community Center, Mosqueda Community Center, Pinedale Community Center and Ted C. Wills Community Center.

The centers are open 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. except for the Pinedale Community Center, which opens an hour later.