Update 2 p.m.: Wet storm churns in the Pacific, expected to arrive later tonight
Same song, different verse. Not quite the same as the first. Still, the song remains the same. That’s the message from the National Weather Service today in anticipation of a storm moving into the Sierra tonight.
Same song as in the storm is a recycled version of the one that blew into the region on Thursday morning, leaving a dusting at lake level and about three inches of snow above 7,000 feet. The storm has been churning in a circular pattern off of the California coast and is currently set to cycle itself inland from the south, bringing subtropical moisture with it.
Different verse in that tonight’s system will bring more rain than the white stuff with it. Snow levels will start off at about 8,500 feet and drop to 8,000 by early Saturday morning.
But unlike the last storm this one will bring lots of rain with it, a quarter to a half inch, possibly, said meteorologist Ray Collins with the Reno-based weather service. And that could spell runoff problems, particularly for the Angora fire burn area.
“We will be watching this closely. It’s certainly possible that if we do end up with heavy bands of rain then we will take action on it,” Collins said, referring to the possibility of flash floods. The likelihood, however, is the storm will bring a consistent amount of precipitation without a lot of extremes.
With even the steep slopes burned by the Angora fire rated as having a low
slide potential, Rex Norman, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service was
optimistic about the recent precipitation.
“There wasn’t a heavy rain that occurred,” said Norman on Friday. “The
timing is actually good,” adding the hydromulch applied to Angora ridge and
a hillside near the high school is designed to withstand such rain events. The moisture will actually help plants sprout and stabilize the soil, Norman
As of 2 p.m. a lake wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Rain showers, with the possibility of thunderstorms, will likely start coming into the region after 5 p.m., possibly later. It will be windy along mountain passes and ridgetops as the storm develops, but not so much at lake level in the Tahoe basin, Collins said.
Rain showers will continue through Saturday morning and afternoon. At this time, however, the showers are not seen as particularly heavy. Stay tuned. As the Robert Plant song goes, “Little by little, everything changes.”