Modestans to receive more rain; freeze watch for Tuesday

After receiving rain from a winter storm this past weekend, Modesto is expecting more rain today with highs around 56 and southeast winds around 10 mph.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch in effect from late Tuesday through Thursday morning for the northern San Joaquin Valley.

The freeze watch comes after a cold and wet weekend. On Sunday, downtown Modesto received .08 inches of rain, according to the Modesto Irrigation District. The total from Friday at 5 p.m. was .41 inches, the MID reported.

Snow walloped the Sierra, with snow as low as about 2,500 feet, leaving many travelers to pull out the snow chains for the first time this season.

Dodge Ridge reported receiving 44 inches of snow, and announced it would be opening some of its hill on Wednesday. Bear Valley announced this afternoon it was opening on Friday.

If you're heading up Highway 108 this morning, be sure to pack chains.

They are required on all vehicles except those with four-wheel drive and snow tires three miles east of Sonora to 7.2 miles east of Strawberry, according to the state Department of Transportation. The road beyond that is closed due to the snow.

There also are chain restrictions this morninng on highways 120 and 4. Click here for state road conditions.

The freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible. The warning includes Modesto on late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning with freezing conditions in the outlying areas expected. Freezing conditions can affect sensitive vegetation.

Strong precipitation is expected during the morning commute to the Bay Area. Drivers can expect wet road conditions.

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