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‘Flash flood watch’ called off

Staff reports

The National Weather Service has called off a ‘flash flood watch’ for the Sierra following extreme thunder storms that created localized flooding in South Lake Tahoe.

Although roads were still saturated at 4 p.m., the weather service said the storm is expected to calm as the evening progresses, said Chris Jordan, National Weather Service meteorologist. The watch was issued Sunday afternoon.

“Showers and thunderstorms will be continuing, but they will taper off,” he said. “(Tuesday) will see more showers, but with less intensity than today.

“Today was kind of an active day.”

Jordan said a storm of Monday’s magnitude is uncommon for the Sierra during this time of year, but a heavy low pressure system has deluged the region, especially the southern Sierra.

“It should start to move out of the area (Monday night),” Jordan said. “By Wednesday the storm will be out of the area.”

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The storm cell was moving west to east.

In other news, firefighters were responding at 4 p.m. to reports of smoke near Tahoe Mountain Road. As of this posting, no updates on the status of the report had been made.