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Winter weather will pay the Lodi area a visit this weekend

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 12:00 am

California has experienced one of the driest winters in recent memory, but that may be coming to an end. This weekend, rain is finally expected to drench the Lodi area.

The first of several storm systems to move through Northern California arrived in Lodi late Wednesday night. This series of storms should persist through Sunday and even into Monday, with the most rain expected to fall today and Saturday, according to meteorologist Ken Clark of AccuWeather.com, a private weather forecasting service.

“This is all good news,” Clark said. “We desperately need every little drop of rain that’s going to fall.”

By Monday, the passing storms could produce up to 2.5 inches of rain, Clark said.

Temperatures over the weekend should reach the midto high 50s and drop into the 40s overnight.

Skiers will finally be able to rejoice this weekend, as well.

Ski resorts throughout the Lake Tahoe area — and even as far south as Mammoth — will likely receive 2 to 4 feet of snow at elevations above 7,000 feet. At Lake Tahoe level and below, snow may turn to rain in the afternoons, with temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees.

But before skiers get too excited, winds are supposed to be intense throughout the Sierras.

At lower elevations, winds will range from 15 to 40 miles per hour. At ridge levels, winds could exceed 80 mph, making it likely that some lifts will close at times over the weekend.

After Monday, the wet weather should taper off, Clark said. More rain could fall on Wednesday, followed by dry conditions into next weekend.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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