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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:58 am, Wed Nov 23, 2011.

While most are hoping that their bird will not be dry this Thanksgiving, the same may not be said for the holiday weekend.

Those traveling to get in their fair share of turkey, stuffing and lots of pie can also expect a sprinkle of rain as they head out to celebrate with family and friends to give thanks for another year of good tidings.

Starting today, clouds will begin to cover the Lodi area as a front moves into Northern California, said Dave Samuhel, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service. While this will not bring rain during the day, Samuhel said, those traveling in the evening could see a bit of rain as temperatures drop into the low 40s, slightly under normal for this time of year.

Thanksgiving could also be slightly damp, Samuhel added, as he said the cloud cover from today could still bring some lingering showers.

For the holiday weekend, however, travelers will find themselves enjoying mostly clear, crisp weather with temperatures in the low 60s — perfect for the autumn holiday.

Nights, however, get cold, Samuhel said, with temperatures dropping into the mid-30s on Friday and Saturday night.

Fog in the mornings could also keep some of the night chill lingering a little longer, and could also impede travel, Samuhel said.

"Fog will be the No. 1 travel issue we're going to have," he said. "Travelers could also run into some rain up north in the Sacramento area, but other than that there are no major issues. Just bundle up."

For those traveling out of the Lodi area to places like the mountains, it is opening weekend of the winter season, a major holiday bonus for ski and snowboarding aficionados.

And getting to ski resorts should not be much of a problem, as there is little snow on the roadways, Samuhel said.

While a little snow sounds like a problem, said Michael Dalzell, spokesperson for Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Kirkwood, staff at the resort have been adding to the two feet of natural snow with artificial snow for guests who will be arriving Friday for a preview weekend of skiing and snowboarding on the mountain.

Bear Valley Lodge in Bear Valley opens on Thursday, with a special Thanksgiving buffet for guests coming out to also enjoy some time in the mountains. Those heading that way will definitely be experiencing a new coat of snow, however small it may be.

"Right now it is pretty much wide open," Dalzell said. "Traveling from the Lodi area, you can maybe expect some needed chain control on Thursday or Friday, but for the most part it's just a beautiful drive."

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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