Good Morning, Carson Valley: May 18

Posted By on May 18, 2017

by Joey Crandall, joey@carsonvalleytimes.com · 1 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The National Weather Service warns that above-average temperatures this weekend leading into next week will accelerate Sierra snowmelt, increasing flows on regional rivers and streams and enhancing the risk of river flooding — particularly on the Walker River — next week.

The Carson River too is projected to see significant rises in the coming days. The NWS advises minor flooding is possible by the middle of next week for Carson Valley.

The NWS projects the East Fork of the Carson River in Markleeville will rise in several large steps over the next four days, from a low near 4.9 feet this morning to 7.6 feet, or within 3 inches of flood stage there (8 feet), leading into Monday.

The West Fork through Woodfords is projected to rise from 12.4 inches this morning to 13.6 feet, or within about five inches of the 14-foot flood stage there, by Monday.

The main stem, which crosses under Highway 395 at Cradlebaugh Bridge between Minden and Carson, is projected to rise 26 inches between Friday morning and Monday morning to within less than a foot of monitor stage there (8 feet).

The NWS river flow projections run out only four days in advance, but with highs of 80 degrees in store for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the river should continue to rise well into next week.

Today, look for a high of 65 degrees with sunny skies and calm afternoon winds.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners meets this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Transportation Center, 169 Highway 50 in Stateline. Their agenda appears here.

That’s a full lid for this morning. Take care out there and have a great day.

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