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Another thunderstorm expected Saturday
New storm could dump 1-2 inches of rain on region by Tuesday
Angeles Molina carries belongings from her flooded Merced home on Tuesday. Following days of rain, Bear Creek overflowed its banks leaving dozens of homes and vehicles in the neighborhood surrounded by floodwaters (AP Photo/Noah Berger).

Does the clock/radio say 6 a.m.? Are those the dulcet tones of Sonny and Cher?

Quick! Somebody check the calendar to see if Groundhog Day came early this year, because every day is beginning to feel exactly like the one before.

More rain is on the way this weekend and into next week, with today and Monday expected to bring the heaviest rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

“Another round of precipitation moves in (this morning) with another potential round of showers and thunderstorms (tonight),” said Cory Mueller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “You should get anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of rain. Then another storm will move in Sunday night and continue into Monday. Monday will not be as heavy as the Friday-Saturday storm. It looks like that one will one will bring half an inch to an inch of rain.”

After the storm dissipates Monday, another weaker storm will move in Wednesday, with isolated showers at lower elevations.

“After that, it looks like we’ll see an extended period of drier weather,” said Mueller.

Thursday gave Stanislaus County residents a break from the storm and Friday provided patches of sunny weather. But with 1-2 inches of precipitation expected by Tuesday, that would push Turlock’s year-to-date total near 15 inches — well over its 30-year average of 12.74 inches per water year.

Thus far in January, Turlock has received 3.89 inches of rain, according to CSUS and MJC earth sciences professor Ryan Hollister, who has his own measuring station at this home near Turlock High School. 

So far in 2023, only three of 13 days have received no rain.