A soggy storm pushing across central California carries with it a threat of local flooding in the Sierra and western Nevada, forecasters said on Friday.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch
beginning Friday evening and extending through Saturday afternoon
for as much as 6-8 inches of water in the mountains on already very
While major rivers other than the Susan in California should not
be severely affected, the weather service said runoff that will
send smaller creeks and streams over their banks.
The west fork of the Carson River is expected to crest at 12.5
feet Saturday afternoon at Woodfords, Calif. - 1.5 feet below flood
stage and the east fork of the Carson should crest at 8.5 feet, 1
foot below flood stage.
While the snow level will be quite high, a winter storm warning
goes into effect in the Sierra at 4 a.m. Saturday and lasts through
"When the snow levels lower ... there will be very impressive
snowfall rates, however they will be short-lived," the weather
service said in a statement.
A break in the series of storms is expected on New Year's Day,
although another disturbance Sunday night is expected to bring
heavy snow to the mountains and a chance of rain or snow to the
Strong winds were forecast in the mountains on Friday with
sustained winds of 20-30 mph gusting to 45 mph and peaking as high
as 100 mph over the ridgetops. The valleys were expected to feel
winds of 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.