Cold, rain for Veterans Day celebrations in Merced

yamaro@mercedsunstar.comNovember 10, 2012 

Several activities are planned for the weekend in the region, but Mercedians are going to have make sure they grab an umbrella and a warm coat before heading out the door.

Temperatures are expected to fall significantly over the weekend, and there is a chance of showers today.

"People need to be ready for the first frost of the season," said Gary Sanger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

A high of 56 degrees is expected for today with a low of 35, Sanger said. For Sunday, the weather service is calling for a high of 58 degrees and a low of 39 in Merced.

In the outlying communities even lower temperatures are forecast. Sanger said a low of 32 degrees is possible Saturday night in Livingston.

The cold front is due to a typical storm forming in the Gulf of Alaska, he said. "We are in the time of the year that we start seeing the winter season beginning," Sanger said.

Rain was expected to continue through Friday night, with a possibility of showers throughout today, he said. It should be dry from Sunday through Wednesday.

The 53rd annual Central California Band Review takes place today at Merced's Golden Valley High School with 33 middle school and high school bands parading along East Childs Avenue. The parade begins at 10 a.m.; a jazz competition featuring 21 ensembles starts at 7:25 a.m. in the Golden Valley auditorium. Music aficionados will be treated to a 6 p.m. field show in Veterans Stadium on campus.

On Sunday, the 2012 Merced County Veterans Day Parade will take place. An opening ceremony is scheduled at noon in Bob Hart Square and the parade is set to begin at 1 p.m.

Gustine is scheduled to hold a Veterans Day parade Sunday. It will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street.

Temperatures are expected to rise in the middle of the week, Sanger said.

People should also be ready for fog, which could start to appear in the Merced area Sunday morning if enough rain has fallen Friday and today.

"People need to get ready during the foggy conditions," he said, adding that they should leave enough space between their car and the one in front of them in case they need to stop suddenly, and drive with headlights on low beam.

Reporter Yesenia Amaro can be reached at (209) 385-2482, or yamaro@mercedsunstar.com.

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