Heavy rains headed to Sierra, Tahoe, Reno; flood warnings

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A strong, warm atmospheric river headed for the Sierra has triggered a series of flood watches and warnings for the Lake Tahoe-area and parts of western Nevada into the weekend.

The National Weather service issued a flood warning effective Saturday morning to early Sunday for the Truckee River in Reno and Sparks, as well as further downstream in Storey County.

Warnings also are in effect at Truckee, California, where Lake Tahoe empties into the Truckee River, and for the Carson River south of Carson City.

Heavy rain is expected in the eastern Sierra and western Nevada beginning Friday into Saturday. As much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain is forecast in the upper elevations, with up to 2.5 inches (6 cm) at Tahoe and an inch in the valleys.

A flood warning means flooding is imminent.