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Flash flood warning issued for Lake Tahoe

More than an inch of rain fell Monday at the top of the drainage, which leads to the Upper Truckee, according to remote weather sensors. The snow telemetry at Hagan's Meadow recorded an inch of rain between 4 and 6 p.m., and 1.2 inches total on Monday evening, prompting a flash flood warning for South Lake Tahoe. Horse Meadow at the top of Willow Creek recorded .9 inches of rain as of 6 p.m. Small hail 2-3 inches deep gathered in the median and on the shoulder of Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe at 7:33 p.m. Water was 6 inches deep near Third Street and Highway 50. A flash flood warning was issued for South Lake Tahoe at 6 p.m. Monday after Doppler radar showed a storm was pounding the area. Lightning from the same storm set a single tree on fire on Genoa Peak. Firefighters from Lake Tahoe responded to extinguish the blaze, which was reported to be a tenth of an acre on Tuesday. The storm traveled southeast from South Lake Tahoe across Carson Valley, where it dropped up to a half-inch of rain in the Gardnerville Ranchos. In Gardnerville, heavy rain fell for a half hour by 6:40 p.m. Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler reported receiving .08 inches of rain bringing the month's total to .61 inches. The Douglas County seat has received 7.78 inches of moisture so far this water year, short of the 8.89-inch average for the year. Much of Carson Valley remains in extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, though some spots saw substantial rainfall prompting flooding in the east and north Valley.

Tonopah low brings snow to Carson Valley

A Tonopah low on the last day of January boosted the Sierra snowpack in the Carson River basin to 134 percent of average. As of Monday, the National Weather Service said that Lake Tahoe is only 11 inches below its natural rim. Spratt Creek was the high spot at 147 percent, according to snow telemetry. Monitor Pass was at 113 percent and Ebbetts Pass was at 129 percent. The mountains have received 62 percent of their moisture so far for the year. Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler said 1.86 inches of moisture and 4 inches of snow fell in Minden during January. Two inches of snow fell in Carson Valley on Sunday. Heavenly reported 6 inches of new snow from Sunday's storm. The brunt of the storm struck farther south with June Lake Ski Area reporting 22 inches of snow. A Tonopah low occurs when low pressure centered over central Nevada brings a front to the east slope of the Sierra. Light snow returned to the Valley on Tuesday, but didn't stick for the most part. Forecasters said residents should expect more widespread snow showers today. Snow could make Western Nevada roads, damp enough to make ice.

Flooding advisory issued

An urban and small stream flood advisory has been issued for Douglas County until 11:15 p.m. National Weather Service reported up to an inch of rain is expected to fall in Western Nevada valleys before 9 p.m. Heavy rain is expected to create ponding of water on roads in poorly rained areas. Small creeks and streams in the Tahoe basin will rise rapidly through 9 p.m. and may cause minor flooding. Rock slides are possible. The rain is expected to decrease after 9 p.m. Mud slides are causing road hazards along Highway 50, including one at Spooner Summit and another at Glenbrook Road. Heavy rain saturated hillsides in the mountains along Lake Tahoe causing small slides along its highways. Rocks posed a hazard to motorists using Kingsbury Grade, as small slides continued to plague the main connection between Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe. Only a few road restrictions were in effect in the Sierra from a warm powerful storm that struck on Tuesday. Four-wheel drive or chains were required on Highway 88 across Carson Pass. Snow tires or chains were required over Mount Rose Highway. There was a high wind advisory through Washoe Valley. A high wind warning is in effect for Carson Valley until 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. The warning was issued at 4:16 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Winds are expected to increase tonight to 25-35 mph with the strongest winds hitting around midnight. Gusts of 65 mph could hit wind-prone areas. Forecasters say the wind will be capable of damaging trees, powerlines and property. More than a quarter inch of rain fell in Minden in less than three hours this afternoon. R-C Weather Watcher Stan Kapler said nearly a half inch of rain fell before 4:30 p.m. and it was on track to exceed Weather Service forecasts. The weather station at Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department recorded .39 inches of rain, a fifth of which fell in an hour. A transformer on Highway 88 just south of Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital was knocked out at about 4:20 p.m., just as the storm began to hit its peak. The failed transformer knocked out power to parts of Minden. The Sierra bore the brunt of the storm, with Markleeville reporting nearly a half inch of rain by noon. Rain caused numerous rock slides on Kingsbury on the Valley side.

Small fire doused near Topaz Ranch Estates

This week's thunderstorms left a few fires in their wake, but also dropped a significant amount of rain in spots around Carson Valley. Three-fifths of an inch of rain fell in Minden on Tuesday and Wednesday bringing the total for the year up to 6.17 inches, R-C weather watcher Stan Kapler reported. Brief, but heavy rain showers also fell in Gardnerville and points south. Power was out around town for about three minutes, and residents experienced several power bumps. A lightning strike set a half acre fire just west of Grandview Drive and East Valley Road at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Lightning from the same storm struck a power pole in the Gardnerville Ranchos. East Fork firefighters extinguished the blaze in about an hour. Wednesday's lightning storm set several small fires in the mountains around Carson Valley, including five at Lake Tahoe. According to the U.S. Forest Service, fires were burning in Christmas Valley, Echo Summit, Blackwood Canyon and Heavenly Valley. Wednesday's weather was a repeat of Tuesday's, only with more moisture. East Fork firefighters responded to a half-acre fire off Kyle Drive south of Topaz Ranch Estates on Tuesday afternoon. The fire was started by a lightning strike that was reported by more than a dozen callers at 4:15 p.m. The same storm that set the fire helped to put it out with heavy rain. The rest of the work was done by firefighters in a brush truck. Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center reported another lightning strike and tree on fire 4:32 p.m. Tuesday southeast of Red Lake along Blue Lakes Road in Alpine County. Nickel-sized hail fell near Ski Run in South Lake Tahoe 3:55 p.m., along with .88 inches of rain.

Thunderstorms roll in on Tuesday

Flash flood warnings have been issued for Douglas, Lyon, Mono, Alpine and El Dorado counties after Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the Sierra Front from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe. Radar shows up to an inch of rain in southern Lyon County and a similar amount in Alpine County.

The R-C Morning Report

Genoans delayed hiring a town manager until the town board could field a full complement of members. Brian Williams was absent from Tuesday’s meeting and Bill Donohoe is sick. Interim Town Manager Cheryl Gonzales said the town has received fewer applications for the annual Candy Dance fundraiser than last year. She said so far 113 applications have been received from vendors compared with 140 from last year. I stayed up and watched election returns from California last night. The California Secretary of State’s Office had results up by county, but it was late going. On the one hand I was rooting against the pollsters who said Clinton and McCain were in a dead heat and on the other I was rooting for the rural counties. I didn’t see the first results from Mono County until 10 p.m. and Alpine until 11 p.m. That they were 180 out from the rest of the state is why I’m proud to report them. It’s warm out with the thermometer in Minden reading 37 degrees and the one at Meneley Elementary reading 40. The high temperature today is only supposed to hit 46. There’s no precipitation in the forecast through Saturday night, when there is a slight chance of rain. The National Weather Service updated its precipitation chart today and it shows that Carson Valley received about twice it’s average moisture for this time of year. Minden received 2.9 inches while Gardnerville got 3.05 inches. Average for January is 1.47 inches. Up in the mountains the story isn’t so good. Monitor Pass telemetry is showing 99 percent of average snowpack for the year so far. Blue Lakes is at 80 percent. We’ve received the nearly the same amount of moisture so far this year as we did during all of last year.

The R-C Morning Report for Nov. 2

Genoa, Nev. — A man facing drug charges after methamphetamine was found in a car he was in on May 22 is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Douglas County District Court today. Johnathan Angel Torres, 24, and Christina Calais, 30, were also taken into custody after Torres' 3-year-old son was found wandering in the Ranchos on May 24. There's a noninjury collision at Sonora Junction at 6:09 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Watch out for slick conditions over Kingsbury and Spooner this morning. It's raining cats and dogs in Genoa, with .6 inches of rain so far from this storm. About a fifth of an inch of rain was recorded at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, and a quarter in the East Valley. Average precipitation for November is .82 inches in Minden. The snow level is still pretty high in the Sierra with Blue Lakes showing about an inch of snow, and Kirkwood at about 1.4 inches for a total depth of 1.7, according to the snow telemetry. We've hit our 100 percent chance of rain so far before 4 p.m., then there's a chance of rain and snow. Don't expect to see any serious accumulation of snow from this in the Valley. The high today will hit 48 degrees, with the low down to 26 tonight.

Snowy Sierra storm moving on

Genoa, Nev. — Road controls over highways 88 and 50 have been lifted this morning after a spring storm dumped snow and rain in Western Nevada Friday night. Chains or four-wheel drive were being required on Highway 89 between Pickett's Junction and Myers as of 10:50 a.m. Snow fell to 6,000 feet, with South Lake Tahoe reporting a half-foot overnight with .85 inches of moisture, according to the National Weather Service. In Genoa, .65 inches fell before 9 a.m., adding to the .22 inches that fell early Friday morning. A rain gauge in Minden recorded .38 inches of rain. The Douglas County seat typically receives .49 inches of precipitation during the month of April. Markleeville received .64 inches over the past 24 hours. Snow telemetry reported 10 inches of snow at Monitor Pass as of 9 a.m. Ebbetts Pass showed 11 inches of snow. A winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect through 5 p.m. Saturday, with accumulations of up to 6 inches below 7,000 feet.

2013 posts driest quarter on record

The Sierra Nevada experienced the driest first quarter in more than 100 years, the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday. According to readings taken at Tahoe City, only 2.68 inches of moisture fell during the first three months of 2013, less than the previous record of 3.62 inches set in 1976. On average, the west shore of Lake Tahoe receives 16.3 inches of precipitation during the first three months. Normally one of the best producing months of the water year, Minden reported receiving .29 inches during March, or 26 percent of average. Ebbetts Pass at the top of the Carson River basin recorded 4.1 inches of moisture during the month, or slightly more than half of average. Because of a wet December, Ebbetts is still at 80 percent of average and Minden has 89 percent of average of the year. Last weekend's storm left a tenth of an inch of rain in parts of the Valley. Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday bringing up to a half inch in the Sierra and up to .1 inches in Carson Valley.

Sierra storm brings snow, record rainfall throughout Tahoe-Reno; Mt. Rose, Boreal ski resorts to open this week

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 2015-16 ski season will kick off Wednesday, Nov. 4, thanks to a small storm that brought about a foot of snow to the region this week. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe received up to 14 inches of snow up top from the storm that picked up steam overnight Sunday and pelted the region with rain and wet snow into Monday afternoon. The accumulation, coupled with the National Weather Service's forecast of low temperatures in the teens and low-20s into this weekend, will allow the ski area between Incline Village and Reno to open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Wednesday, Nov. 4, officials said. "It's great to see the storm door open this early in the season, and the snow starting to pile up," Mike Pierce, director of marketing at Mt. Rose, said in a statement. "We plan to take full advantage of our high base elevation and the cold temperatures that are forecast, and will continue to make snow at every opportunity so we can open more terrain as quickly as possible." In California, near Donner Summit west of Truckee, Boreal Mountain Resort on Tuesday reported 6-10 inches of snow. It plans to open Friday, Nov. 6, for its 51st season, with skiing and snowboarding starting at 9 .m. "After a long summer of preparations, we're more ready than we have ever been to kick off the winter season," Matt Peterson, vice president of Boreal, said in a statement. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, meanwhile, reported more than 1 foot of snow had fallen by Tuesday. Like Mt. Rose and several regional ski resorts, Squaw-Alpine plans to utilize cold temperatures to make snow. The resorts still are planning opening days of Nov. 25 (Squaw) and Dec. 11 (Alpine). South of Lake Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe resort reported as much as 9 inches had fallen by Monday evening at its base area. Other ski areas were reporting anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow on Tuesday; at ground level, anywhere from 2-4 inches fell in the areas of Truckee and Tahoe City, while hardly any could be found at lake level in Incline Village. The wet storm also reportedly brought record rainfall to parts of Northern Nevada, including nearly an inch of precipitation — 0.86 — at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. According to the Associated Press, the total in Reno doubled the old record of 0.43 inch for the day set in 1940. At Lake Tahoe, Glenbrook recorded 1.26 inches of rain mixed with snow, and 1.13 inch of rain was reported at South Lake Tahoe. NV Energy reported power outages at about 8 a.m. Monday, affecting more than 3,500 customers in Incline Village and about 1,500 in the Washoe Valley south of Reno. Power was restored to most by midday.