Flood watch begins for foothills
February 8, 2014
A flood watch is due to go into effect in Carson Valley at 4 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service is forecasting that snow levels will climb to 8,000 feet this afternoon and evening and remain there before slowly dropping on Sunday morning.
Heavy rain is expected to continue with 2-4 inches falling into eastern Alpine County. Small streams could flood tonight and Sunday.
Rain could also trigger rock and mud slides along the foothills.
Rain falling on the snow could cause small stream flooding along the foothill area of Carson Valley.
Nearly a 2.5 inches of rain fell north of Genoa from the storm. Markleeville reported .52 inches fell over the last 24 hours.
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Area's near the Sierra crest reported more than a foot of snow, with Donner Lake reporting 21 inches over the course of three days, with snow falling at an inch an hour this morning.
As of this afternoon, streams along the foothill were running well below their banks.
High winds posed more of a hazard, knocking a tree into a power line along Dresslerville Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos at 2:11 p.m.
A wind gauge at Highway 395 and Genoa Lane recorded a 50 mph wind gust at 2:44 p.m.