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Flood watch upgraded to warning

by Kurt Hildebrand khildebrand@recordcourier.com

A flood watch has been upgraded to a warning as heavy rain is expected to continue through midnight Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

More than an inch of rain has fallen in parts of Western Nevada and up to 3 inches is expected by midnight.

Reno Meteorologist Jim Wallmann reported snow levels were at 6,500-7,000 feet this morning from Lake Tahoe to Mono County.

“The heavy precip already occurring will keep them there for the next few hours before the main warm air arrives this afternoon,” Wallmann said in his forecast update issued this morning.

He said the heavy precipitation in the mountains this afternoon could rise to 7,000-7,500 feet.

Heavy rain is already falling in Carson Valley with some places seeing a quarter inch an hour. Wallmann forecast that would not letup before heavier precipitation arrives this afternoon.

He said the main stem of the Truckee and Susan Rivers will likely see minor flooding, but some minor streams and creeks may see a lot of water.

The main stem of the Carson River was forecast to crest at 8.5 feet on Tuesday night, well below flood stage of 10 feet, though that could change.

The East Fork of the Carson River at Markleeville was at 4.5 feet. Flood stage is 8 feet. The West Fork at Woodfords was at 11.3 feet. Flood stage is 14 feet.