It is going to get interesting as we head into the weekend. An atmospheric river storm system is once again brewing, bringing heavy rains and relatively high snow levels to the Reno and Tahoe areas. The National Weather Service has issued a Areal Flood Advisory for the entire region starting Friday afternoon through late Saturday night, and they have already upped that to a Flood Warning for the Truckee River around the town of Truckee itself. For now, that appears to be the only place along the Truckee River that is at risk of significant flooding, although some minor to moderate flooding could occur in Sparks near Vista. Some minor flooding is also possible on the flood-prone stretches of the Carson River, and any of the small streams on the area could see some minor to moderate flooding as well.
Specifically, Wednesday will be dry and warm, with Thursday bringing a chance of rain showers before the heavy rainfall (snow levels will be in the 8,500’ range) gets going Friday and Saturday. The rain should clear out by early Sunday morning, and mostly sunny skies should cap the end of the weekend.