Slight chance of rain ahead for Modesto region, but not much

local@modbee.comFebruary 18, 2014 

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Almond trees are blooming and the bees are working on the flowers in and around Modesto on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

ANDY ALFARO — The Modesto Bee Buy Photo

There’s a slight chance of rain in our area this week, but if we get anything, it won’t be much. And the foreseeable future, while it looks lovely, doesn’t promise any relief from the drought, with continuing warm weather that already has pushed the area’s almond trees into blossom.

According to the National Weather Service, a weak system is moving through the state, continuing into today. It could bring light precipitation, mainly over the northern mountains and high Sierra.

In the Northern San Joaquin Valley, temperatures are expected to hit the mid- to high 60s in the afternoons, with overnight lows dropping into the low to mid-40s. It will be a bit windy today, with winds of 8 to 16 mph and gusts of up to 24 mph.

Temperatures will rise toward the weekend, with highs by Saturday in the upper 60s or low 70s, and conditions are expected to be sunny and clear through early next week.

Speaking of the weekend, and of almond blossoms, the two will come together with Ripon’s Almond Blossom Festival, set for Friday through Sunday. The annual event includes a parade, fun run, diaper derby, baking contest, art show and more. For more information, including the full schedule of events, visit www.riponchamber.org.

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