Rain could bring minor flooding
November 29, 2012
Rain from Wednesday will continue through Sunday, coming in waves, bringing the possibility of minor flooding on creeks and the possibility for mudslides on recently burned areas.Precipitation through Friday will moisten the ground enough that when the final wave of precipitation hits the area on Saturday, the ground will not be able to soak up any more water, National Weather Service Meteorologist Shane Snyder said.“It will be moist enough that the ground won’t soak up any more water,” he said.Mud flows and slides are possible in areas that have burned recently, he said. The potential, in the burned areas, for the wet earth to slide or slough off is present. Small creeks are susceptible to overrunning their banks.The snow level, at its peak, will reach 9,000 feet, allowing almost the entire range to contribute to the water coming into the valley. The storm is expected to bring 3-4 inches into the Carson Range and an inch into the valley. If potential flooding weren’t enough, strong winds are expected, with gusts up to 55 mph tonight and Friday. Gusts in the ridges are expected to reach 100 mph winds.A cold front on Sunday afternoon will bring the snow levels down, ending the flooding threat, according to the National Weather Service.