Much needed rain is on its way to Northern California, however it appears that the heavy precipitation will stay further north.
Turlock will experience rain beginning on Friday, mainly after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Rain will continue through Friday night and likely through Saturday, although chances drop slightly. There’s rain, however, expected throughout the weekend and into Monday.
Along with likely showers on Saturday, there’s also the possibility of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service, and a wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. on Friday to 7 a.m. on Saturday; winds could gust as high as 31 mph on Friday.
According to the National Weather Service, Turlock could experience under 2 inches through Friday and Saturday — much less than the 5 inches expected further north. Don Pedro is expected to receive a bit more water, which is very good news.
Any rain at this point is welcome, especially after a very dry January.
Due to dry weather in the Central Valley, Turlock Irrigation District customers could receive record-low water for the second consecutive year.
At a growers meeting on Jan. 20, TID staff said they would recommend less than 18 inches for irrigation customers for the upcoming season. That recommended number would however be dependent on how much rain the area received through February and March; the average rainfall in February is approximately 6.07 inches, according to a TID report.
“Now come February, we’re going to have another set of meetings like this and if we don’t have that 6 inches my story will be a little bit worse probably,” said Tour Her, TID Assistant General Manager of Water Resources, at January’s meeting.
TID will host two more grower meetings at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 25 in the Board Room of TID’s Main Office, located at 333 E. Canal Dr. For more information, visit TID.org.