Evening events were canceled Friday as the rain accumulated in Carson Valley at the rate of a quarter-inch an hour and snow was expected to start falling in late afternoon.
Douglas County libraries closed in Minden and Stateline and a weekend debate tournament at Douglas High School was canceled.
A high school wrestling tournament also was canceled.
The Carson City campus of Western Nevada College was closed Saturday because of severe weather.
Douglas County students are on Christmas vacation until Monday.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Carson Valley until 4 p.m. when the snow level was expected to drop to the Valley floor.
Snow accumulations of 4-8 inches were predicted Friday night.
The warning was issued for Douglas and Washoe counties, Carson City, eastern Mono County and eastern Lassen County in Northern California.
Forecasters expected flooding of small streams and low-lying areas especially in the steeper terrain of the foothills.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey said Douglas County officers were prepared to provide emergency services if necessary.
"For this weekend's severe weather storm event, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office will have extra staffing and equipment available, including augmentation by our citizen patrol members and a tracked Sno-Cat rescue vehicle operated by our Search and Rescue members in the event an emergency extrication is required that cannot be made by conventional means," he said.
Halsey said the Douglas County Emergency Management Office has pre-planned emergency shelters if necessary.
Updates on local weather conditions can be obtained from the Internet by logging onto the National Weather Service at: www.wrh.noaa.gov/rev/.
- Heavy flooding on Tillman Lane from Yellowjacket south. Water is 9-8 inches deep across all lanes and covering street curbs. The Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District has posted "flooded roadway" signs and cleared drains.
- Approximately 2-3 inches of water across the slow lanes north and south on Highway 395 through Minden and Gardnerville.
- Small rockslides on the Valley side of Kingsbury Grade. The Nevada Department of Transportation has crews patrolling and clearing roadways.
- Heavy flooding across Highway 50 at Lyon Avenue in the Cave Rock area. All four lanes are covered with 1 foot of water. Nevada Department of Transportation notified.
- Slush falling at Lake level. Snow on Kingsbury at the 6,000-foot level on the Lake side. Rain on the Valley side.