Hydrologist Says Low Snow Levels Could Lower Flood Threat

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A National Weather Service hydrologist says a powerful storm is colder than expected and is bringing more snow and less rainfall than forecast, blunting the flooding danger on the Truckee River.

Gary Barbato (bar-bat-oh) says forecasters originally had expected snow levels to stay as high as 10,000 feet elevation through late Sunday afternoon, but they've already dropped to 7,000 feet elevation at Donner Summit.

He says that's good news for those living and working along the Truckee, which flows more than 100 miles from Tahoe to Nevada's Pyramid Lake near Reno.

Officials had been bracing for major flooding Sunday morning around Truckee, Calif., and for minor to moderate flooding Sunday and Monday around Reno after the weather service issued a flood warning for the length of the Truckee.


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