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Mother Nature breaks up street fair

Manteca musician Rivar Mason performs some original songs on a perch along Yosemite Avenue before the rains started coming down on Sunday during the final day of the 14th annual Crossroads of Calif...

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED April 12, 2010 1:34 a.m.
Wind gusts and steady rain ended the 14th annual Crossroads of California Sunday several hours ahead of schedule.

Actually, the threat of wind and rain - with some TV weather forecasters calling for lightning and thunder that never materialized - prompted some vendors to pull up stakes after the first day of the fair. It also helped keep crowds down during the late morning hours and in the noon hour on Sunday when things were still dry.

The weather system billed as a winter storm dumped .35 inches of rain in Manteca according to the weather station at the Manteca Civic Center. That brings rainfall for April to 1.2 inches and 10.80 inches so far in 2010. Wind gusts reached a high of 19 mph in the early afternoon.

It did bring more snow to the Sierra to increase the abundant snowpack. Even so, ski resorts - Boreal, Diamond Peak and Homewood - closed down for the season Sunday while Mt. Rose, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Northstar-at-Tahoe will follow suit this coming Sunday. Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Sugar Bowl plan an April 25 closing while Squaw Valley USA will stay open until May 9.

Mammoth Mountain, though, on the eastern side of the southern Sierra off Highway 395 will stay open until July 4 thanks to more than 40 feet on the ground as of Sunday. It is the 11th time in the resort’s 32-year history it has stayed open for skiing through Independence Day.

The National Weather Service is calling for the possibility of a couple of thundershowers in the Manteca area today with the high expected to reach 63 degrees. Sun and clouds will return Tuesday with a high of 68 degrees predicted. It is anticipated temperatures will warm up to the low 70s by Thursday and stay that way into next week when rain is expected again on Monday, April 19.
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