Storm cell passes over eastern Douglas
A storm cell that stretches from Topaz Lake to Fernley developed shortly after noon, prompting reports of lightning strikes and fire starts.
East Fork firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the east side of Topaz Lake at 12:25 p.m. Firefighters at the scene report that the smoke was obscured by heavy rain.
Lightning from the storm also set a fire at 12:32 p.m. in Risue Canyon, located in far eastern Douglas County, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.
Firefighters manned volunteer stations at Topaz Lake and Ruhenstroth while bracing for more lightning.
The same storm cell prompted severe weather warnings near Silver Spring and Sparks this afternoon. That storm was capable of producing quarter-sized hail.
According to a hazardous weather statement issued by the Weather Service, scattered snow showers and thunderstorms can be expected across the region.
Wind gusts from stronger storms could reach 50 mph, creating areas of blowing dust across the deserts and dangerous boating conditions on lakes.
Heavy rainfall and small hail is expected from the storm.