Genoa, Nev. — Members of the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will be out at the entrance to Minden at highways 395 and 88 10 a.m. to noon today in observance of Memorial Day.
Work on the bridges of Alpine County will resume this season with the replacement of the Markleeville Creek Bridge and upgrades to the bridges on Highway 4 at Silver Creek and Highway 88 at the West Fork. Work was suspended due to the Tamarack Fire in 2021, according to the California Department of Transportation.
The bridge over the West Fork on old Highway 88 is going to be closed to vehicle traffic. I went over that bridge last week with the river raging below, and that’s probably not a bad plan.
A flood watch returns 1 p.m. today to 9 p.m. Tuesday for the possibility of runoff from slow-moving thunderstorms, which could produce heavy rainfall. The weather is expected to slow down tonight and then resume on Tuesday afternoon.
A flood advisory is in effect for both the east and west forks of the Carson River near Gardnerville as snowmelt continues in the upper elevations.
Twenty inches of snow have melted off at Ebbetts Pass over the last week producing 9.5 inches of snowmelt. There’s still 7 feet of snow at the location, which is lot for Memorial Day. The median for May 29 at the snow telemetry site at the top of the East Fork is an inch.
If you’re betting on rain, then today will see the best odds with a chance of showers or thunderstorms between noon and 3 p.m. then showers possible after 3 p.m. We could see some heavy rain in spots. The high temperature today is forecast to be near 74 degrees with the wind out of the southwest at 5-10 mph.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-782-5121.