It looks like a dry October, after all. Although a storm moved through the area Monday, all the major action remained to the north and east of these parts.
National Weather Service forecasters predicted a 30 percent chance of rain Monday in the Modesto area. Although a few residents reported seeing a smattering of drops, nothing registered on the Modesto Irrigation District’s downtown gauge, nor on those operated by the Merced and Turlock irrigation districts.
It will be significantly cooler, too. Say goodbye to those 80s we have had, at least for the next couple of days. The high in Modesto early this week is expected to reach only the mid-60s.
The nights will be a bit chillier, as well, with lows dropping into the 40s.
The storm kept all its major impact for other areas, which saw their first snowfall of the season.
Snow started falling in the hills early Monday, and the Sonora office of the California Highway Patrol reported that chains were required at higher elevations by 6 a.m.
Just after 7 a.m., the state Department of Transportation announced that Sonora Pass on Highway 108 and Tioga Pass on Highway 120 were closed due to snow. Officials did not have an estimated time of reopening.
The upper elevations of the Sierra received a foot of snow overnight, and a 103 mph gust blew across the mountains near Lake Tahoe, The Associated Press reported. Nearby Squaw Valley ski resort, a month ahead of its opening, reported receiving more than 10 inches of the white stuff.
Forecasters expect the system to clear out by Wednesday and warmer temps for Halloween on Thursday. Trick-or-treaters – and their folks – can expect a high of 71 on Halloween and a low of 44.
For more on the weather, see Page B6 and modbee.com/weather.