National Weather Service Issues Flood Watch for Reno Area

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Updated: 11/30/2012 1:57 am

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, heavy precipitation and strong winds are expected for the Sierra and into Western Nevada over the next several days.  Very strong, damaging wind gusts will reach up to 70 mph along the Sierra Front tonight and early Friday morning, with gusts up to 55 mph elsewhere in Northeastern CA and Western Nevada. 


Snow levels will generally be high, although tonight and Friday we will see snow levels around 7000-7500 feet.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the High Sierra around the Lake Tahoe Basin down to Mono County (above 7000-7500 ft elevations).


Heavy rainfall is expected in the lower elevations Friday, with another round of heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday morning.  This could create flood problems for the rivers and streams in the area.  Flood Watches have been posted for much of the Eastern Sierra, with flooding possible on the mainstem Truckee and Susan rivers.
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