Cold, clouds settle into Modesto area

local@modbee.comJanuary 2, 2013 

BEA AHBECK CASSON/bahbeck@mercedsunstar.com The ground in Applegate Park in Merced is covered by frost Wednesday morning after a chilly night. (1-2-13)

MERCED SUN-STAR

— The first workday of the new year for many folks is off to a chilly start in Modesto.

Temperatures this morning dipped below freezing, hovering in the high 20s and low 30s. Later in the day, forecasters were expecting partly cloudy conditions, with light winds and highs in the low 50s.

The California Highway Patrol’s Central Division sent a message to its Twitter followers this morning, advising them to take extra time to warm up their cars.

That message was quickly followed by a reminder from the CHP dispatchers that drivers should stay with their cars while they warm up “so it does not leave for work before you do!”

Car thieves are known to strike when people leave their cars running outside to warm up.

The rest of the week and into the weekend looks like much of the same — partly cloudy, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. According to the National Weather Service, there’s no potential rain ahead at least until next week.

Modesto Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service