Windy night expected in Carson Valley tonight |

Windy night expected in Carson Valley tonight

by Kurt Hildebrand
Kurt HildebrandThe flag in Gardnerville flies in a strong wind on Thursday afternoon with Jobs Peak in the background.

It’s going to be a blustery night in Carson Valley as wind speeds ahead of a storm pick up starting around 6 p.m.

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are expected in the Valley between 1 and 9 a.m. Friday, with sustained winds of around 40 mph.

A powerful winter storm moved into Western Nevada today bringing a chance of heavy rain and wet snow in the Sierra. Strong winds blasted the region in front of the storm.

A high wind warning is in effect through 4 p.m. Friday with gusty winds of 20-35 mph gusting to 70 mph. Wind prone areas could see 80 mph with wind gusts of up to 125 mph along the ridges.

Damage to trees, power lines and property is possible from the winds, forecasters said.

Areas of the Pine Nut Mountains cleared by fire could be subject to flash flooding and debris flow, according to a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service.

The watch also affects the foothills of western Carson Valley starting Saturday afternoon.

Heavy rain is expected with high snow levels on Saturday night, which could swell creeks and streams in the Carson Range.

Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches are possible in the foothills with an inch or more in the Valley floor, according to a statement issued by the Weather Service.

The Lake Tahoe Basin could see 3-5 inches, with amounts of up to 7 inches near Highway 89.

Residents living along small creeks and streams should be prepared for flooding and plan to move to higher ground, forecasters said. Motorists should not try to drive across flooded areas.

Temperatures in the Valley will remain relatively warm with low temperatures well above the freezing mark through the weekend. Temperatures should drop below freezing just after midnight on Monday.