Thunderheads built over the Carson Range starting at noon today, dumping inch-sized hail and heavy rain five miles south of Gardnerville as they moved across the Valley, according to the National Weather Service.
Meanwhile, a heavy thunderstorm passing through Mono County prompted the weather service to issue a special statement for Coleville and points south.
In the light of day, the Tarnahan fire burning southeast of Carson City was down to 25 acres. Five single engine air tankers and two helicopters are aiding three hand crews and three engines in fighting the fire in steep terrain. Fortunately, this morning winds were light, which allowed crews to get a line a tenth of the way around the blaze.
Firefighters home to have a line all the way around the fire by 7:30 p.m. tonight, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch. The fire was set by lightning at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and could be seen from northern Carson Valley.
The forecast for this afternoon predicts scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5 p.m. Some storms could produce small hail and gusty winds, according to the weather service.