Warm temperatures to bring higher river flows
May 15, 2017
Warm temperatures forecast for the end of the week will bring increased flows along Western Nevada rivers.
On Monday, Ebbetts Pass still had 66 inches of snow water equivalent locked up in the snowpack, more than four times the median for this time of year.
Ebbetts feeds the East Fork of the Carson River, which has yet to crest this spring.
Carson Pass feeding the West Fork has 41 inches of snow-water equivalent, or twice the median for this time of year, according to sensors maintained by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Snow remains in places in the Carson River basin where it typically has melted off by mid May.
Monitor Pass still has 18 inches of water locked up in the snowpack, while Poison Flat has 13.3 inches. Both locations median is zero for this time of year.
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Only a foot of snow has melted off at Carson Pass over the seven days May 8-15.
Snow showers and freezing temperatures are forecast for Kirkwood, five miles west of the pass, though Tuesday. However, temperatures are expected to rise into the 60s this weekend with lows above freezing, accelerating melt-off.