Got something to do outside? Make plans for this afternoon.
The National Weather Service forecasts a brief break in the storms that have been soaking the area all week, before the rain and snow return for several more days.
And Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has brought in crews from Portland and Eugene, Ore., and Puget Sound, Wash. — to whom rain is no stranger — to help repair its battered system.
Friday afternoon, 6,260 PG&E customers in Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties did not have electricity. That includes about 1,300 residents in La Grange in eastern Stanislaus County who lost power early Wednesday.
Cal Limbocker is one of them.
"It's becoming an issue, with buying supplies to keep warm and having food going bad," Limbocker said. "And they keep giving us different estimates of when the power will be back on."
Originally, the power was supposed to restored Wednesday night, then Thursday night, Limbocker said. "I just wish they'd be honest with us."
PG&E spokeswoman Nicole Liebelt said a broken pole took out power in La Grange, and crews were having difficulty getting to it. The wind and unrelenting rain caused more outages even as crews worked on repairs.
"We are working around the clock to restore power, but we've got trees on the ground, trees in the lines, especially with so many storm fronts back to back," she said.
As of Friday afternoon, Liebelt said, the company was estimating power would be back on in La Grange by noon today.
And today, National Weather Service forecaster Cindy Palmer said, we might see some sunshine.
"We are still looking at a slight chance of showers, but we are expecting by afternoon to get some breaks with some sun," she said. But the rain and snow are only taking a quick coffee break; they're expected back Sunday, and will stay through at least Tuesday, Palmer said.
Also taking a break is anyone planning to get in or out of Yosemite National Park. The entrances on Highways 41 and 120 are closed because of snow and ice; trees fell over the lower Highway 140. Badger Pass and Hetch Hetchy roads also are closed.
The roads will be evaluated for possible reopening today.
Friday evening, deputies had not found the man who is presumed to have drowned Tuesday night while trying to cross rain-swollen Orestimba Creek in a Ford Explorer at Eastin Road, in western Stanislaus County. Authorities said deputies have gone out to the area to search for the man.
The storms, which dropped nearly 4 inches of rain on downtown Modesto this week, also went a fair piece toward restoring the state's snowpack.
The water content in the snowpack of the northern Sierra Nevada nearly doubled over the past week. Even so, state hydrologists said more snow is needed over the next two months to lift California out of a three-year drought and refill its reservoirs.
Electronic readings along the northern Sierra — the source for much of the water used by California cities and farms — show the snowpack at 117 percent of normal.
The snowpack contains about 18 inches of water, said David Rizzardo, snow surveys chief for the Department of Water Resources. At the beginning of the week, the monitors had shown just 10 inches of water content.
"That's a big boost," he said. "We've caught up to the pace. Now we've got to maintain it."
Three dry years have left California's reservoirs low and the ground parched. That means the snowpack needs to be larger than average by the beginning of April, considered the end of winter and the peak of the snowpack.
"It took two or three years to get this dry. It's going to take a couple to get out of it," Rizzardo said.
Yosemite road information: 372-0200.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bee staff writer Patty Guerra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2343.