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Students splash through puddles in front of the Armenian Genocide Memorial during the first day of the spring 2016 semester, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Fresno got 0.76 of an inch of rain.

Rainfall dampens first day of the semester

Fresno State students braved the elements on the first day of spring classes Tuesday as a storm system brought more than a quarter of an inch of rain to the Valley.

Fresno’s high reached to 59 on Tuesday as rain fell throughout the day and left puddles across campus by late afternoon.

The latest storm dumped 0.76 of an inch of rain on Fresno and brings the rainfall total to nearly 3 inches above normal to date at 8 inches, said meteorologist Kevin Durfee with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

Temperatures were forecast to dip to 46 overnight Tuesday as fog is expected to return to the Valley over the next few days, Durfee said. Fresno could warm to 61 on Wednesday and dip to 46 overnight. The high could reach 62 on Thursday and drop to 49 at night.

The next storm arrives on Friday as Fresno is expected to receive a good soaking from the storm as 0.26 to 0.50 of an inch could fall through Saturday, Durfee said.

While the recent pattern has brought above-average to the rainfall to the Valley, the storms haven’t been El Nino related, he said.

“It’s been more of a normal winter-like pattern in California,” Durfee said.