Northern San Joaquin Valley residents will need to wait one more day before they can stay dry when they go outside.
The storm that has socked the valley — and the state — this week has one last, weak punch. The National Weather Service says rain showers are likely in Modesto and the surrounding area today.
Saturday's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and no rain, with highs in the low to mid-50s.
This morning, Yosemite National Park closed all roads leading into Yosemite Valley because of either snow and ice or trees that had fallen onto the roads. The park said it would assess road conditions throughout the weekend, and advised anyone planning a weekend visit that all vehicles entering the park must carry chains.
Relatively little rain fell in Modesto today. As of 4 p.m., the Modesto Irrigation District recorded just 0.08 inches.
Though Thursday was wet, it was mild compared with earlier this week. MID reported no power losses and there were fewer fender benders and cars spinning out on slick roads.
"Today was not nearly as busy as the last couple of days," California Highway Patrol officer Eric Parsons said Thursday. "The winds died down. Those caused a lot of our wrecks on the freeway with people getting blown out of their lane. Still, it's been a busy day."
The storm has dropped 3.1 inches of rain in Modesto since Sunday. On Thursday, 0.74 inches fell, according to the MID.
As of Thursday evening, authorities had not found the man who is presumed to have drowned Tuesday night while trying to cross rain-swollen Orestimba Creek in his Ford Explorer at Eastin Road, in western Stanislaus County.
That section of road near Newman was closed because of flooding. Authorities believe the man drove around the barriers, ignored the flashing warning lights and that his sport utility vehicle was swept downstream when he tried to cross the creek.
Parsons said a missing persons report had not been filed by Thursday, and CHP investigators still were trying to find the registered owner of the Explorer, which was pulled out of the creek the day after the man disappeared in the fast-moving water.
Three to 6 inches of snow could fall in the foothills as low as 2,000 to 2,500 feet through today.
In the foothills Thursday, the snow did not fall as low as predicted.
"The weather was fairly mild compared to the last two days," Tuolumne County sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Wilson said. "We didn't have nearly as many problems on the road."
Although Saturday is expected to be dry, don't get used to it. The forecast calls for patchy fog Saturday night and Sunday morning, then a chance of rain Sunday.
The next storm is predicted move into Northern California on Monday, but the brunt of it is expected to miss the Northern San Joaquin Valley and foothills.
It is expected to be a warmer system with snow levels starting at 5,000 feet.
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