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Predicted rain starts out slowly in the Modesto area, but watch out over this weekend

The Modesto Bee logoThe Modesto Bee 10/22/2021 John Holland, The Modesto Bee

Oct. 21—The expected rain started slowly in the Modesto area Thursday but could still bring 3 inches by early next week.

A total of 0.11 inches was reported at of 2 p.m. Thursday at the downtown headquarters of the Modesto Irrigation District.

The National Weather Service had said the first storm Tuesday could drop up to 0.2 inches on the area, but the moisture missed us.

Thursday's rain brought the total to 0.14 inches for the new water year. Modesto gets an average total of 12.14 inches, mostly from November through March.

The storms also could bring up to 4 feet of snow to upper reaches of the central Sierra Nevada, the main watershed for the Central Valley.

Th snowfall will be welcome two years into a drought. The central Sierra had only 47% of average rain and snow in the water year that ended Sept. 30, the California Department of Water Resources reported.

Motorists are advised to have proper tires for the snow and to be careful on Valley and foothill roads that could be slick. And residents should use the dry breaks to rake leaves away from storm drains.

The Weather Service forecast up to 0.35 inches of rain in Modesto between Thursday night and Friday afternoon. Friday night and Saturday look to be dry, but Saturday night into Monday could bring heavy rain. Tuesday has a chance of rain, followed by a mostly sunny Wednesday.

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