The cold snap the area has been experiencing slowly will start to ease, forecasters say — emphasis on slowly.
A hard freeze warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. this morning, with temperatures dipping into the upper 20s in and around Modesto.
Today is expected to be partly cloudy, with fog early and a high of 48 degrees. It’s expected to drop back below freezing tonight, with lows around 27 degrees.
Tuesday is expected to be a freckle warmer, with highs around 50 and a low of 30, with temperatures creeping up a degree or two each of the following two days. Conditions are expected to be clear or partly cloudy throughout the week.
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By Sunday, highs should be close to 60.
Looking out a bit further, forecasters say rain may be making a return to the area early next week.