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Thunderclap rattles Valley, drops snow in mountains

Staff Reports

A thunderclap rattled windows across Carson Valley on Tuesday morning as a storm cell dropped nearly an inch of rain in Minden, and 7 inches of snow on Kingsbury Grade.

Residents from all over Carson Valley reported seeing a flash of lightning and then hearing a loud thunderclap shortly after 6 a.m.

"There was at least a handful of lightning strikes from the cell that formed right over you and sat there for a couple of hours," said National Weather Service Forecaster Scott McGuire.

McGuire said his office didn't receive any reports of damage from the storm.

East Fork Fire District Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said he also heard the strike.

He said there was a power bump but no other damage reported.

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R-C weather watcher Stan Kapler reported .8 inches of rain fell in Minden overnight.

A late-season winter storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for above 7,000 feet through Tuesday night.

Rain is in the forecast for Carson Valley through tonight.

NV Energy spokesman Karl Walquist said there was a power outage at 6 a.m. in Carson Valley affecting 170 customers in the Sunridge area.

"The outage was caused by a transformer failure," he said. "NV Energy restored service to all but 14 of the customers at about 9 a.m. by switching to an alternate circuit. A crew replaced the transformer and restored service to the remaining customers at approximately 1 p.m. We're not aware of any flash or boom associated with the outage."

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