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More rain headed to Carson City

Nevada Appeal staff report

Carson City is in for another wet weekend, with two storm systems moving through the area by Monday.

The National Weather Service Reno predicts Carson City was going to see rain Wednesday night through Friday, then a second system Sunday into Monday. In addition to the rain, there would be a high wind watch in effect into today, with gusts reaching up to 70 mph.

Temperatures will stay about normal, meteorologist Brian O’Hara said, with highs in the 50s today but then dropping to the low 30s Friday and Saturday because of the wind and rain. Temperatures are expected to get back up to the 40s Sunday and Monday.

Even though it will be raining, O’Hara said Carson will see only a third of an inch of rain by Thursday and the storm Sunday and Monday will bring a half an inch of rain.

The National Weather Service is unsure of the trajectory of the storms, but they could bring a potential for renewed flooding and heavy mountain snow throughout the Sierras and western Nevada. However, there isn’t any expected renewed flooding for the Carson River, but river levels will take time to recede so the river will be higher and faster than normal flows throughout the week and residents should be vigilant of flash flooding in prone areas. The greatest potential for snow and flash flooding will be today, Friday and Saturday for the Sierra Range and western Nevada.

No major travel impacts are expected for today, however, snow could affect travel late Friday into early Saturday and Monday morning.

With all of this precipitation, the latest projections for the spring snowmelt favor 250 to 350 percent of normal April to July runoff. This is similar to the record snowmelt season in 1983, where the area saw prolonged river and stream flooding on nearly all basins for months, so meteorologists are suggesting to keep flood mitigations measures stocked through the spring.