Inbound Series Of Storms To Bring Wind, Rain, More Potential Flooding To Carson Valley

Posted By on February 15, 2017

Staff Reports · 2 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The National Weather Services forecasts a series of storms bound for Sierra and Western Nevada will begin to arrive tonight and last potentially through the middle of next week.

The strongest storm in the series will impact the region Sunday night through Monday night.

From late tonight through Thursday, there is potential for strong winds across the Sierra Front Range and along the Highway 395. These winds will create hazardous conditions for high-profile vehicles and aviation and for any boats on Lake Tahoe, according to the NWS.

Additional rain and snow will also create periods of difficult travel conditions in the Sierra starting early Thursday morning.

Soils are still saturated around the area, and the NWS states wet antecedent conditions, coupled with exceptionally deep snowpack at higher elevations, could create renewed flooding concerns with even a small amount of precipitation.

The main flooding concerns will continue to be along smaller streams and areas of poor drainage.

The Carson River has been in gradual decline since peaking above major flood stage on Friday. The East Fork is running approximately three below flood stage in Gardnerville (the East Fork further upstream in Markleeville is also running about three feet below) as of Wednesday morning, and the main stem of the river is running about five feet below flood stage entering Carson City.

The National Weather Service recommends utilizing the quieter weather Wednesday (partly sunny skies, high of 54 degrees) to clear snow, mud and debris from storm drains and poor drainage areas, and to keep flood mitigation measures in place.

Hannah Potts sent in the photos below taken on an early morning walk Sunday below Sunridge.


Sand Bag Locations

Sheridan Fire Station
980 Sheridan Lane
Sand is located behind the station in the upper parking area

Genoa Fire Station
2298 Main Street
Sand is located behind the station in the upper parking area

Jacks Valley Fire Station
3450 Jacks Valley Road
Sand is located in the front parking lot, east side of station

Johnson Lane Fire Station
1450 Stephanie Lane
Sand is located in parking lot, west side of station

Fish Springs Fire Station
2249 Fish Springs Road
Sand is located in parking lot rear of building

Ruhenstroth Fire Station
2008 Pinto Circle
Sand is located in lower parking lot, west side of building

Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center
4001 Carter Drive
Sand is located in front parking lot

Fire District Warehouse
941 Mitch Drive
Sand is located front parking lot, north side

Zephyr Cove Park
Hwy 50 and Warrior Way
Sand is located at the upper parking lot

For Flood Safety and preparation: