Carson River to fill its banks this week
May 3, 2011
Both forks of the Carson River are expected to rise to their banks this week as warm temperatures in the Sierra begin to melt the snowpack.
The National Weather Service is forecasting increased flows on creeks, streams and rivers throughout the Eastern Sierra and Western Nevada.
While no significant flooding is expected this week, there may be some minor lowland flooding along small creeks and streams in areas between the 6,000 and 7,000-foot range in the central Sierra.
The West Fork between Woodfords and Genoa is expected to rise today, while the east fork between Markleeville and Genoa is expected to crest on Friday.
Cooler temperatures over the weekend should slow down the meltoff until the middle of the month, when flows in the Carson and Tahoe basins are expected to reach their peak. Flows along the Walker River are expected to increase in early June.
Weather Service meteorologists are warning that water in Sierra streams and rivers will be cold, swift and turbulent through late June.
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Anyone using the waterways, including rafters, kayakers, swimmers, campers and anglers should watch for hazardous conditions, forecasters said.
Adults should watch their children closely when near the water.