Sunny skies return but storms to surface again this week
August 16, 2004
Brunt of rainfall fell in Western Nevada
Staff and wire reports
Sun worshippers can expect a brief reprieve of clear skies following four days of unsettled weather which included thunderstorms in the Lake Tahoe Basin and flash floods in Carson Valley and Carson City.
Today and Wednesday should be seasonably warm and sunny as the remnants of an unstable upper air mass moved out of the area Monday evening, taking the high clouds along with it.
On Sunday, heavy lightning and rain brought widespread fire and floods to much of the Carson Valley and Carson City. After faring the downpour and being spared mudslides in the Waterfall fire burn area, Carson City and surrounding areas will get a short break from flooding before thunder rumbles and hard rain falls again.
The National Weather Service reports local weather conditions will be relatively mild for the next few days.
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“We’re actually going to enjoy a bit of a respite,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Bonk on Monday, “but then there’s chances of thunderstorms again later in the week.”
Rain is expected to return as early as Thursday afternoon, he said.
In South Tahoe, Sunday’s storm was mild, and it hardly touched Carson City’s burned and barren watershed. Rainfall was concentrated on the east side of Carson, and stretched as far east as Fernley, where there was minor flooding in the Sario Drive and Sage Drive areas.
Flooding in Silver Springs also damaged Ruby and Opal roads, said Lyon County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Page. Highway 50 between Silver Springs and Stagecoach was closed temporarily, as was the Ramsey-Weeks Cutoff between Highway 95 Alternate and Highway 50.
As with every heavy rain, Scolari’s parking lot on Highway 50 in Carson City was soaked in knee-high water which city and state officials plan to remedy with completion of the Carson City Freeway and installation of underground culverts.
State prison crews recently completed digging water diversion berms in King’s Canyon, Horton said, while city workers continue to clean storm drainage areas.
He said straw waddles – hillside erosion barriers – also did their job to prevent any major rainwater runoff, and the city will be ready if Mother Nature decides to soak the west side with storms later this week.