National Weather Service Issues Flood Advisory For Carson Valley

Posted By on May 18, 2017

Staff Reports · 1 min read

MINDEN, Nev . — The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Carson Valley and Alpine County effective through Thursday afternoon.

Minor flooding impacts will begin in parts of Carson Valley late Monday and continue through the week. Increased snowmelt from warmer temperatures in the region over the coming five days will bring about rises on both the East and West forks of the Carson River.

“The increased flows will result in minor flooding along portions of the West Fork Carson below Woodfords and into the Carson Valley,” said the NWS advisory.  “This flooding will be confined mainly to farm and ranch lands near the river, but a few rural roads could be impacted.   Flows are likely to be highest during the overnight hours before falling during the morning.”


Aerial shot of flood aftermath near Genoa May 6-8. Photo by Jorge Alvarez.

The main stem of the Carson River, which travels between Genoa and Carson City, and crosses under Highway 395 at Cradlebaugh Bridge, is projected to rise above monitor stage (8 feet) leading into Wednesday and draw within 18 inches of flood stage Thursday morning.

National Weather Service projections for the main stem of the Carson River.

The NWS also warned that the excessive runoff could also generate rock and mud slides in steep terrain.

Daytime high temperatures in Carson Valley should range in the high 70s to low 80s through Wednesday.