Warm temperatures, high water confirm it's spring

Staff Reports

Temperatures cracked 90 degrees in Minden on Mother's Day for the first time this year.

The warm temperatures are accelerating snowmelt in the upper elevations, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a lowland flood advisory for the Walker River over the next few weeks.

The West Walker River near Coleville climbed to 8 feet, a foot below the 9-foot flood stage early on Tuesday morning. Pastures along the river in Antelope Valley will be affected. The Weather Service said no roads or structures should be affected.

The West Walker near Wellington will fluctuate just under the unofficial 7.5-foot flood stage.

While full, both the East Fork and West Forks of the Carson River are well below flood stage.

The East Fork near Gardnerville has fluctuated between 5.75 and 6.5 feet for the past four days, well below flood stage of 9.5 feet. The West Fork was topping out at about 13.2 feet, below flood stage on Tuesday.

Mottsville Lane had water over the eastbound lane on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service will be hosting a weather spotter training course at Carson City Fire Station No. 2 in the training classroom adjacent to the fire station 7 p.m. Thursday.

Fire Station No. 2 is located next to the Carson City Airport at 2350 College Parkway. The training will highlight how spotters help the National Weather Service issue life saving weather warnings and include topics such as severe thunderstorms, flash floods, winter storms and other extreme weather. Anyone interested in becoming a weather spotter is welcome to attend.


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