Valley hit by heavy rain storm |

Valley hit by heavy rain storm

Staff Reports

Heavy rain is falling in Carson Valley this evening. The rain started this afternoon and by 4 p.m. started pouring in earnest.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for northwestern Douglas County and central western Carson City. The watch will last until 4 a.m.

Weather spotters have reported .25 inches of rain in 20 minutes near Carson City. Some areas may have received up to .5 inches of rain by 6:30 p.m.

Forecasters expect the snow level to remain at 8,000 feet through the night. Bands of heavy showers and melting snow are expected to combine to cause small streams to rise and flooding of streets.

Low lying areas in the areas in Carson Valley will be subject to flooding. The Weather Service warns motorists to be careful when driving in canyons or along the steep foothills of the Sierra. They should watch for mud and rock slides. Motorists are cautioned to never drive across flooded roads.

Rainy weather is expected to continue through Thursday with a decreasing chance of precipitation through Friday.

There is a slight chance of precipitation on Christmas Day.