Thirsty valley gets only a drop; dry skies ahead

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 11, 2014 

Clouds spit out a few sprinkles, but not enough to coat any rain gauge in Modesto or Turlock on Saturday. Scattered showers dribbled over the foothills, and above 5,000 feet a dabbing of snow drifted down.

“We have 0.01 (inches of rain) at Knights Ferry – a lonely hundredth surrounded by a bunch of zeros, at least in the Valley,” said National Weather Service forecaster Karl Swanberg.

Some precipitation appeared to be hitting Sonora and some areas of the foothills, with potential for more overnight, he said.

Some spots north of Sacramento, however, actually got wet. Grass Valley showed 0.27 inches had fallen by Saturday evening. Closer to the capital in Auburn, a little under an inch fell through the day, he said.

That will end by today. And nothing but dry skies and warmish days are forecast for at least the next week throughout the San Joaquin Valley, said Swanberg, who predicted patchy frost and clear afternoons with high temperatures in the low- to mid-60s around Modesto.

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