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More wet weather on its way

by Michael Schneider

A low-pressure system off the West Coast will bring rain to the Sierra Nevada below 8,000 feet today.

Roger Lamoni, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Reno said it is not likely that the warm storm will cause any flooding in the South Lake Tahoe area.

“Right now it doesn’t look that way,” Lamoni said, acknowledging that some creeks and streams in the region are full.

Some areas of the basin had received about an inch of rain by Sunday afternoon.

Lamoni said the lateness of the season as well this storm’s ability to bring in air from lower latitudes have allowed for the mild temperatures and higher snow levels.

Showers are expected to linger Tuesday and Wednesday as snow levels drop to 6,500 to 7,000 feet.

Today’s high temperatures will be in the 50s with lows dipping into the mid- to upper 30s.

Although a wet pattern will set up in the west, according to Lamoni, over the next week to 10 days, the action should be predominately in Oregon and Washington.

“We may get the southern end of the next ones,” Lamoni said.

The rain melted 5 inches of snow from a healthy Tahoe Basin snowpack, and caused the Truckee River through Reno to rise from 4.6 feet Saturday to 4.9 feet Sunday, he said. Flood stage in Reno is 12 feet.

”Right now, we’re not expecting any severe flooding, but we’re going to monitor the main stems of rivers and keep an eye on smaller streams,” said National Weather Service forecaster Mike Huston.

He said if another system produces heavy rain Monday night or Tuesday, it could bring the Truckee to within 5 feet of flood stage in Reno.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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