Daffodil Hill is about to open for 2019. We got a sneak peek with our drone
Forecasters see yet more rain in the Modesto area Friday, then a dry weekend and another chance of rain Monday.
The above-average storm season forced the closure of Daffodil Hill in Amador County, usually one of early spring’s delights for admirers of the bright yellow flowers. It announced Thursday on Faceboook that it was done for the year.
The ranch opened March 30 but closed temporarily after the weekend due to incoming rains. At that time, operators hoped to reopen later this weekend or next week.
More rain in the forecast through the middle of April prompted the full closure, the Facebook post said.
“The current rainfall has made our paths and parking areas slippery and impractical for visitors and vehicle parking. The anticipated rains will only exacerbate this problem.”
An onslaught of visitors during the single open weekend caused some other problems for the area of Volcano, where it’s located.
“While we greatly appreciate our guests, the thousands who visited this past weekend completely overwhelmed our narrow county road system leading to the Hill as well as our parking, restroom facilities, and our garden areas,” the post continued. “These are issues that the family will attempt to address in the coming months through meetings to identify any possible solutions before the 2020 season. “
The National Weather Service projects up to a third of an inch of Modesto-area rain in the latest storm. The Modesto Irrigation District has recorded 10.78 inches downtown since the July 1 start of the weather year. The historical average for a full year is 12.2 inches.
More important for water supplies is the snowpack in the central Sierra Nevada. It stood at 165 percent of average as of Thursday, the California Department of Water Resources reported.
Monday’s forecast for Modesto has an April feel: A slight chance of showers, and a high temperature of 78.