Flood Watch Issued For Spring Storm This Weekend

Posted By on April 4, 2017

Staff Reports · 1 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a flood watch for Thursday night through Saturday morning for portions of California and Western Nevada, including Minden, Carson City, Reno and the greater Lake Tahoe area.

A late season atmospheric river will bring another significant precipitation event to the Sierra and Western Nevada.

Near saturated soils and low- to mid-elevation snowpack will contribute to increased runoff which, in turn, will increase flood potential — particularly along creeks and streams.

National Weather Service forecasters say the storm isn’t expected to be as strong as the storms in January and February that caused flooding throughout Carson Valley and Western Nevada, but will still be significant in its scope.

Rapid rises are expected on creeks, streams and areas of poor drainage. Many areas that had flooding issues this winter may again experience some flooding.

The Carson, Truckee and Susan rivers are all expected to see rapid rises and will likely near monitor stage.

“The greatest uncertainty for main stem river flooding is on the Carson and Susan rivers, which have minimal flood controls and respond dramatically to small changes in snow/rain elevations,” the flood watch stated.

Excessive rainfall this weekend could also generate rock and mud slides in steep terrain.

Precipitation totals for the storm could range between 2-5 inches. Winds will range between 40-60 mph during the storm.