Yorkshire recovered from a disastrous start against Middlesex at Headingley that threatened to undermine their slim LV= County Championship title hopes.
Openers Adam Lyth and Phil Jaques both departed with only a single on the board but Kane Williamson and skipper Andrew Gale rallied with a third-wicket stand of 97 before the skipper was dismissed for 66.
Second-placed Yorkshire ended a day truncated by rain and bad light on 109 for three, with Williamson unbeaten on 34.
While table-toppers Durham, 27.5 points in front at the start of play, were scything their way through Nottinghamshire's batting, Yorkshire had big problems of their own early on as the ninth delivery of the morning had Lyth falling lbw to Corey Collymore.
The West Indian’s new-ball partner, Tim Murtagh, struck in the next over by having Jaques caught behind, but Williamson dug in alongside his captain after surviving an early scare when mis-cuing a pull off debutant Tom Helm’s first delivery in championship cricket.
After using up 28 balls without scoring, Williamson got off the mark by off-driving Murtagh to the boundary and the more fluent Gale cleared the rope off Gareth Berg.
Rain forced an early lunch with Yorkshire 63 for two and only 6.4 overs were possible on the resumption before more poor weather forced a lengthy break.
Gale brought up a 74-ball fifty during the brief afternoon session, but departed soon after the 4:15pm restart, caught behind hanging his bat out at a wide ball from Collymore.
Jonny Bairstow joined Williamson but it was not long before the players were off again for a third and final time.