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Weather won’t stop Minden, Genoa lightings, Parade of Lights

by Kurt Hildebrand
Shannon LitzThe Minden gazebo and tree lighting is due to continue on schedule this evening.

Events scheduled for tonight and Saturday night are due to go off on schedule.

Minden Town Manager Jenifer Davidson said the only thing that will stop the annual gazebo and tree lighting is lightning.

More than a half inch of rain fell in Minden so far today, according to RC weather watcher Stan Kapler.

But in watching the weather, she said it appeared that there’s going to be a break this evening.

The holiday event starts at 5 p.m. with the lighting occurring at 6 p.m.

Genoa Town Manager Sheryl Gonzales said the town’s annual tree lighting should begin at 5 p.m. as scheduled.

She said most of the roads in the town are clear. Caroling starts in the Town Church before residents walk to the corner of Main and Nixon streets to illuminate the town tree.

As of 3 p.m. today, the annual Parade of Lights is still a go on Saturday, according to the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The parade will start at Heritage Park around 5 p.m. Highway 395 and Buckeye and Toler should close around 3 p.m., according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Today’s storm dumped .53 inches in Minden, according to Kapler, bringing the total for the first two months of the water year to 1.25 inches.

The National Weather Service station in Gardnerville reported .54 inches of rain has fallen so far.

Heavy wet snow snarled Kingsbury Grade through most of the afternoon, prompting Douglas County deputies to close it for a short time so they could clear stranded motorists.

In addition to snow, road crews had to deal with rocks loosened by moisture, including one that fell on Foothill Road near Walley’s Hot Springs, and others at Zephyr Cove.

Rocks the size of engine blocks were reported on Highway 395 near Walker in California.

Markleeville reported receiving 2.5 inches of rain as of 1 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning starting 10 p.m. and lasting until 4 a.m. Sunday. A brief break in the winds will occur Saturday afternoon,

A small stream and creek flood watch takes affect on Saturday afternoon due to heavy rain and high snow levels. According to the National Weather Service snow levels may rise to near 10,000 feet on Saturday night.