Valley floor soaked with above-average weekend rainfall
November 11, 2002
The valley floor from Gardnerville to Reno was doused with more rain during the weekend than the area usually sees during the entire month of November.
The first winter-like storm of the season brought 2 inches of rain to Carson City and more than an inch to Reno, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm soaked some pockets in the area with eight to 10 inches of rainfall as it moved through.
Lake Tahoe ski areas reported receiving more than 4 feet of snow, making opening day two weeks earlier than last year.
“So far, this storm actually put us above normal,” said Larry Brown, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.
In November, Carson City normally sees 1.76 inches of rain while Reno records .83 inches.
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The weekend storm that blew in heavy winds and rain Thursday took hold until Sunday afternoon, causing minor damage and appeared to be responsible for causing a 13-vehicle crash south of Silver Springs, which killed a Reno man.
Last year, the area received its first significant storm Nov. 22, which delayed the opening of ski resorts until late in the month.
A weak system is predicted to arrive later today, bringing a slight chance of rain through Wednesday. Another less-promising system is expected Friday and may last into the weekend, Brown said.