Tuesday's weather brought almost half an inch of rain, gloomy skies and hazardous driving conditions, but there were no major accidents or other weather-related emergencies, according to local fire departments.
Several spinouts were reported in San Joaquin County on Tuesday, including ones on Locke Road in Lockeford, on Rous Lane near Victor Road, southbound Highway 99 near Acampo Road and at Harvey Road at Sargent Avenue in Galt. The Galt accident involved a vehicle falling into a ditch filled with water, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The long weekend's rain is due to end today and the area should remain dry until at least Saturday night according to the National Weather Service and AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service.
Lodi received 0.49 inches of rain from 4 p.m. Monday to 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.com, bringing the total since Saturday to 0.88 inches. However, it's not enough to put much of a dent into the area's water supply, which is way below normal. AccuWeather.com reports 8.84 inches for the season, dating back to July 1.
Although the precipitation levels are higher at higher elevations than Lodi, they're still too low at four stations where rain and snow are measured - Calaveras Big Trees State Park, tiger Creek, Salt Springs and Camp Pardee - ranging in elevation from 696 feet to 4,694 feet. The East Bay Municipal Utility District reports only 73 percent of normal rainfall and snowmelt have fallen this season at the four stations.
"We went into this (past weekend) with 19 inches of rain (at the four stations)" said Charles Hardy, a spokesman for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, which uses the bulk of Mokelumne River water that flows through Lodi. "We expected four inches, and it looks like we're getting that."
As of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, EBMUD reported 22.47 inches of precipitation, but the average to date is 30.85.
On Feb. 10, precipitation was only 66 percent of normal.
Camanche Reservoir, at 191 feet elevation, had 149,280 acre-feet of water as of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, making it 36 percent full. Pardee Reservoir, at 555 feet elevation, was 86 percent full with 171,220 acre-feet of water. Tuesday's totals were unavailable because precipitation is measured at midnight each day.
"Even though it's been great to get this rain, we've obviously got a long way to go," Hardy said.