Fog, but only a chance of more rain predicted

yamaro@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 7, 2013 

Mercedians will get a short break before the rain returns to the area.

The Merced area received 0.90 of an inch of rain over the weekend. But the sky should clear by this afternoon, said Brian Ochs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford. Tonight could be foggy.

There's a chance for fog on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as well, Ochs said.

It likely will clear by 10 a.m., but "it could last until noon. It's always a possibility," he added.

Today's high is expected to be about 53 degrees with a low of 38. A high of 56 or 57 degrees is forecast for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Ochs said.

A low of 40 degrees is expected for Tuesday night and a low of 39 for Wednesday night, he said. There shouldn't be a big change in temperatures for Thursday night.

As of Sunday evening, there was a 20 percent chance of rain for Wednesday night and Thursday, Ochs said.

"This is pretty typical weather," he said.

The weather might get a little cooler after the next storm comes through with highs in the low 50s and lows of about 32 degrees, Ochs said.

"Nothing too out of the ordinary," he said.

Gabriel Santos, battalion chief with Cal Fire-Merced County Fire Department, said a couple of people called to ask about sand bags this weekend. But then the storm stopped.

Fire stations have sand bags and sand. Residents can come in to get bags and fill them for use around their homes if they are worried about flooding, he said.

Reporter Yesenia Amaro can be reached at (209) 385-2482 or

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