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Thunderstorm bringing heavy rain to Ranchos

Staff Reports

Genoa, Nev. — A thunderstorm near the Gardnerville Ranchos is moving northeast at 15 mph, bringing heavy rain, according to a 4 p.m. bulletin issued by the National Weather Service in Reno.

Forecasters say Doppler radar is tracking the storm, which is moving toward the Pine Nuts where a thunderstorm caused minor flooding on Friday.

“Heavy rainfall is occurring with this storm. Expect ponding of water on roadways and some low water crossings may begin to fill,” forecasters said.

A flash flood watch has been issued for the Fourth of July over a swath of Nevada and California from the Sierra all the way to Ely.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms with heavy rain have been forecast mainly between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“Abundant moisture with unstable conditions will lead to increasing thunderstorms today,” according to a statement issued this morning. “Most storms are likely to be slow moving with heavy rainfall capable of producing flash flooding, especially in steep terrain and wildfire burn scars.”

This morning the skies are already overcast over Carson Valley.

Expect widespread showers and thunderstorms today during the afternoon. Recent wet weather has saturated the ground in many places, which will increase run-off, forecasters say.

Carson Valley experienced minor flooding on Friday night from a thunderstorm in the Pine Nuts. Alpine County had some flooding on Wednesday when a storm dropped 1.7 inches.

Monsoonal moisture continues to pour north, making for a very wet summer.

June was the ninth wettest on record in Minden, and July has already exceeded average moisture for the month with a quarter of an inch.