Bodie under flood warning, flood watch for Smith Valley |

Bodie under flood warning, flood watch for Smith Valley

Clouds build over the Pine Nuts on Saturday afternoon.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A flash flood warning is in effect for Mono County near Bodie and southwestern Mineral County south of Hawthorne.

According to a National Weather Service statement issued at 1:55 p.m., a thunderstorm moving northeast from the Sierra is dropping heavy rainfall, that could cause flooding and rock slides along California State Route 270, the Bodie Road, and Highway 395 south of Bridgeport.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Bridgeport, Smith Valley and Yerington this afternoon due to possibility that showers and thunderstorms will bring heavy rain.

This will be the second day of heavy rains in the region. Friday night saw 1.5 inches of rain in 30 minutes in Wilson Canyon between Smith and Mason valleys.

The heavy rain caused flooding on Highway 208 at JackWright Summit and closed Highway 338 near Sweetwater Summit.

While heavy clouds are building up south and east of Carson Valley, the forecast is calling for a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms, with a high temperature of 92 degrees and the wind out of the west at 10 mph.

The storm system related to the monsoons coming up from the south brought up to a quarter inch of rain to the Pine Nut Mountains and an inch in Markleeville on Thursday, but hasn’t produced any significant flooding in Carson Valley.

However, the rain around Markleeville did cause the East Fork of the Carson River to spike to 300 cubic feet per second on early Friday morning, according to gauges maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey. The river’s back down to its average of around 85 cubic feet per second in Gardnerville.