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Health officials: Keep it small, short and outside for any Labor Day gatherings

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Last Tuesday, Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, gave an update about the state’s new color-coded tier system for reducing COVID-19 activity in a press conference.

Ghaly was joined by Dr. Erica Pan, the acting state public health officer, and they emphasized the importance of maintaining safety measures, including wearing masks, physical distancing and hand washing, to decrease the spread of the coronavirus during the Labor Day weekend to avoid the surge in cases seen after gatherings on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

Pan said for any gatherings outside of a person’s household, keep them small, short and outside, as those factors help to decrease the risk of viral spread.

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With celebrations mixed, the Fourth of July is up to you

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With all of the traditional Fourth of July celebrations cancelled due to restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic, you’re on your own this year to celebrate the 244th birthday of America’s independence.

The popular Stanislaus County Fourth of July Parade in downtown Modesto has been cancelled by the Modesto Kiwanis Club because of state and county COVID-19 restrictions. Also, Turlock has called off its annual Fourth of July Car Show and Parade due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on large gatherings was announced via a Facebook post.

Since aerial firework shows have also been cancelled, many will be having shows of their own at home with safe and sane fireworks. While booths have popped up around town where community members can purchase their own, Ceres Fire Chief Kevin Wise reminded citizens to be safe on Independence weekend, which he anticipates to be a busy Saturday night for his team.

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Best day to travel ahead of Christmas? Tuesday, forecasters say

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Planning to drive up the Grapevine or into the mountains this holiday week? National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie has some advice for you:

“Right now, just drop everything, head on up,” she said Sunday morning. “Or Tuesday should also be a good day to travel.”

That’s because the first of two storm systems this week is moving its way southeast from the Gulf of Alaska across California, due to hit Los Angeles County by late Sunday afternoon, Hoxsie said. About half an inch of rain is expected along the coast and coastal valleys through Monday, with up to 2 inches in south-facing foothills.

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Thanksgiving storm blankets Southern California mountains with snow, delays holiday travel

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A Thanksgiving Day storm brought a near definite end to the fire season in Southern California, as well as disruptive snow to people driving through the region's mountains.

"Thanksgiving started on a stormy note for many across Southern California as heavy rain and thunderstorms moved across the region. Many areas across the LA Basin picked up a quick 0.50 to 0.75 of an inch of rain this morning," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg. "Due to the heavy rainfall across Southern California, flooding was reported in several areas around the Los Angeles Basin."

The storm moved south from Northern California into Southern California, dousing the state in the early hours of Thursday morning. The National Weather Service issued a significant weather advisory for the coastal Los Angeles County, and a flood advisory for the county soon followed. Surrounding counties have been set on flood watch into Thursday evening.

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Round one of Thanksgiving storms dumps record rain in California; round two coming Thursday

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A chilly storm unleashed heavy rain and blustery winds Wednesday and dusted mountain ranges across California with snow, prompting flight diversions and road closures and snarling traffic across the Golden State leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The downpours were not always long-lasting, but they could be intense. Record rainfall for the day was reported in a few spots including Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Maria and Lancaster, which had 0.43 of an inch. The main band of the first storm moved out Wednesday, but another storm is moving in Thursday.

A cold front originating in the Gulf of Alaska arrived in portions of Northern California on Tuesday and immediately began causing headaches for motorists along mountain passes inundated by flurries of snow. The rain dampened the Cave fire in Santa Barbara County and allowed firefighters to get a handle on the blaze.

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