Rowdy weather raises river
December 16, 2016
While heavy rain caused both forks of the Carson River to rise, neither hit flood stage on Friday.
According to the National Weather Service, the West Fork of the Carson at Woodfords rose to 13.3 feet, short of its 14-foot flood stage, bringing minor flooding to the lowest areas in southwest Carson Valley.
The East Fork hit 5.4 feet below Markleeville on Friday morning. With a flood stage of 8 feet, the river was below flood stage the whole day.
North of the junction between the forks above Genoa Lane, the river did threaten the Willow Bend area of Genoa and other places downstream, according to the National Weather Service.
Wet and windy conditions started a small fire north of Genoa on Thursday night at about 10:40 p.m., knocking out power to 19 NV Energy customers.
The fire was caused by tree branches striking power lines.
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Genoa received 2.3 inches of rain during the storm, with smaller amounts falling away from the Carson Range.
Most of the snow from the storm fell further south, with Mammoth reporting 56 inches. Heavenly got 6 inches of snow and Mt. Rose Ski Area received 21 inches of snow in 24 hours.
High winds on Wednesday resulted in power outages across Carson Valley with the largest in Minden, affecting 1,100 NV Energy customers, after a transformer caught fire.
A transformer between Dressler and Kimmerling roads set a patch of grass on fire as it flamed out.
Law enforcement officers directed traffic at the intersection of highways 395 and 88 after the outage affected the traffic light there.
Carson Pass was closed on Friday morning for avalanche control.
Weather is expected to have settled down by Sunday, with clear but cool conditions. High temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s through Monday.