National Weather Service issues flood warning for Carson Valley

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the greater Tahoe area, including Carson Valley.

Heavy rain with some rates of more than 1/4 of an inch per hour will continue to fall along the Sierra front until snow levels drop to the Valley floors this evening. Expect flooding of small streams and low lying areas especially in the steeper terrain of the foothills. Excessive runoff will cause elevated levels of water in small creeks and streams and will cause pooling of water on highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots.

Officials are advising not to drive vehicles into areas where water is covering the road, as water depth may be too great.

High, gusty winds are exacerbating the problem, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has advised using extreme caution while driving, including keeping headlights on during the storm.

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