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Storm tricks treaters, muddies rangeland, dusts Sierra

The Creekside Lodge deck at Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area sports a bit of winter white following the first snow of the season.
The Creekside Lodge deck at Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area sports a bit of winter white following the first snow of the season. Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area

The wet was welcome, but its timing could have been better. Weekend showers may mean locally dense fog this morning with sunshine and higher temperatures predicted for later this week.

The bulk of the storm came through Friday night, sogging costumes and putting a damper on Halloween candy collecting. The Modesto Airport measured 0.65 inches of rain that night, and barely enough to wet a whistle, 0.04 inches, on Saturday.

But the so-so storm brought the season’s total to 1.02 inches, just a whisker off Modesto’s historical average for July 1 to Nov. 2 of 1.03, said National Weather Service forecaster Karl Swanberg. “That’s actually pretty amazing,” he said Sunday evening.

Turlock got a few drops more, with its yearly total rising 0.73 inches, by Turlock Irrigation District records.

While not making much of a splash, as storms go, the rain provided a much-needed drink for rangeland in Stanislaus County’s western and eastern areas.

It also dumped 6 inches of snow at the Dodge Ridge base near Pinecrest, with 10 inches blanketing the 8,200-foot summit, according to Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area.

“This early season snowfall was a very welcomed sight with the snow level as low as Twain Harte on Highway 108,” notes a Dodge Ridge email. It does not predict an opening date for ski trails, but notes it typically falls in early to mid-December.

That will be the last of the wet weather for a while, said Swanberg. But, he added, the wettest months are still to come. As for long-range predictions, Southern California is expected to have a slightly wetter than normal winter, but this area’s forecast is cloudier.

“We’re kind of in the equal chances area,” he said.

Today’s morning low will be a nippy 43 degrees or so, but by Tuesday low temperatures should start climbing toward the mid-50s, Swanberg said. The high for today is expected to be 67, rising to 77 degrees by Friday, the forecaster said.

That tops the historic average of 72 degrees for early November, but looks downright chilly compared with temperatures in the mid-90s recorded the first week of October.

Bee staff writer Nan Austin can be reached at naustin@modbee.com or (209) 578-2339. Follow her on Twitter @NanAustin.

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