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More rain today, break in storms Sunday
Friday’s rain produced challenging puddles for downtown Manteca pedestrians. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Snow fell overnight to provide a dusting of power on the Altamont Hills for the second straight day as a frigid storm system moved over the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

The forecast calls for rain today with a high of 53 degrees and a low of 32 degrees. The National Weather Service expects a break in the wet patterns Sunday and Monday before rain returns on Tuesday.

Despite steady rain for most of Friday, Manteca experienced minimal issues with standing water thanks to major storm drain system improvements in the older parts of town and a highly functional storm retention basin system in parks. Altogether .78 inches of rain fell on Friday in Manteca bringing the season total since Oct. 1 to 10.95 inches. Some 1.67 inches of rain has fallen so far this month according to the weather station at the Manteca Civic Center.

The Sierra Friday received between four and nine feet of snow just in time for the start of the three-day weekend.

A spokesperson Boreal Ridge said the snowfall so far has been string enough that it’ll likely extend the ski season into April.

“All this snow has people thinking about skiing and snowboarding again after a dry January,” said Jon Slaughter, spokesman for the Boreal resort atop Donner Summit. “Mother Nature set us up for a big weekend. She brought the light, dry powder that Utah usually brags about.”

Snow was falling at a rate of about 1 inch per hour at the Kirkwood resort south of Tahoe.

The recent storms have pushed water content in the Tahoe basin’s snowpack to over 130 percent of average for the date. That figure for Tahoe had been more than 200 percent of normal for the date after an unusually snowy December and November, but had dropped after a dry January.

Elsewhere in the country, record warmth was being recorded a week after residents saw record-low temperatures in Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service said a new record was set at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City when the mercury peaked at 80 degrees Thursday. The previous record of 79 degrees was set in 1991.

The minimum temperature in Oklahoma City early Thursday was 58 degrees, breaking the previous 1991 record of 50 degrees.

Forecasters said Tulsa tied a record high temperature of 79 degrees, and Bartlesville reached a record high 82 degrees, three degrees warmer than the old record. Both previous records were reported in 1907.

Last week, the mercury plunged to minus 28 at Bartlesville. A low of minus 31 in Nowata broke a state record of minus 27 degrees.