The rain held off longer than forecasters expected, but a storm system moving through the Northern San Joaquin Valley and foothills left area roads damp Thursday. But a lovely weekend looms.
The Modesto Irrigation District registered just under a tenth of an inch of rain in downtown Modesto Thursday, all of it falling between 6 and 8 a.m. The Turlock Irrigation District reported about the same at its Canal Drive weather station.
Rain-slicked roads and high speed contributed to a rollover accident on Scenic Drive near Bodem Street on Friday morning just east of downtown Modesto.
One woman was taken to a hospital with injuries.
According to Battalion Chief Cecil Ridge of the Modesto Regional Fire Authority, the driver of a van was going too fast around the curve at Bodem when the van flipped and started smoking. The van hit a black Honda, but that driver was not hurt.
Ridge said this kind of accident is not uncommon, particularly with the first rainfall of the year.
The accident happened about 8:45 a.m. Passers-by tried to help extricate the trapped woman before firefighters arrived.
Forecasters predict a warming trend starting today and lasting through the weekend.
"Temperatures will be gradually climbing over the next few days, with Saturday getting to the mid-70s and by Sunday nearly up to 80," said Drew Peterson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. "It looks like early next week, we might be flirting with rather warm temperatures for this time of year."
Typically, the high for early November is about 60 degrees, Peterson said. The record high for Monday, set in 1997, is 83. It looks as if the area could get close to that next week.
But don't put those umbrellas away yet. Peterson said another storm could move in by Thursday.
"Most of it is going to stay in the northern part of the valley, but some of it might come down to the San Joaquin Valley," he said.
Director of Multimedia Images Joan Barnett Lee contributed to this report.
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