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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:56 am, Wed Apr 11, 2012.

Lodi will be seeing some late-season showers this week as two separate storms roll into the area.

Over the next three days, Lodi could see as much as 1.2 inches of rain from two separate storms, according to Eric Leister, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service.

Starting today, Leister said temperatures will drop to around 60 degrees during the day, with one storm hitting the area late tonight.

That storm will bring between one-fifth to almost a half-inch of rain, and much of the storm will be over by Thursday morning, Leister said.

But do not rule out a possible thunderstorm this afternoon, Leister said. It could happen.

"We need to be ready for a very unsettled weather pattern through the end of this week," he said. "Will there be an extended dry period? No. But showers will be isolated."

However, come Thursday afternoon, Leister said the second storm will be well on its way, and by Thursday night, the rain will be falling hard and heavy.

But rain will once again lighten up come Friday, and though Saturday looks to be on the cooler side, Leister said, the weekend will certainly shape up weather-wise by Sunday.

Is this sudden spurt of showers unusual for this time of year?

Not according to Leister, who said the amount of April rain that is expected this week is the "tail end" of the the expected storms.

On average, Leister added, the month of April sees about an inch less rain than March.

In March, Lodi typically receives about 2.2 inches of rain.

"This is the last gasps of the little storms," he said.

As for the mountains, skiers and snowboarders may want to pack up and take a few days off to enjoy snow levels that could be dropping to as low as 3,500 feet thanks to Thursday's storm.

Kerry Kavonich, an employee at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, said snow will hit the area starting today, and that nearly three feet of the winter wonderland that was expected back in December is "better late than never."

"We have been waiting for this," she said.

As for agriculture, the rain is also a welcome reprieve from a dry winter.

March proved to be the miracle farmers and winegrowers were looking for after months of no rainfall.

March saw a couple inches of rain, and according to Stuart Spencer of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, the April showers are just as welcome a reprieve.

Farmers and grape growers were working steadily to keep their crops watered when the weather was warm, Spencer said, and now they can sit back and catch their breath and let the rain do some of the work.

"We would be a lot more concerned if we were facing frost issues right now," he said. "The rain is pretty nice."

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com

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