Reno under flash flood threat; doubles year-to-date precipitation
Reno might record its wettest August ever from storms this week.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport has recorded 1.44 inches of rain with more coming down, according to the National Weather Service. The airport shattered its daily record on Wednesday with 1.22 inches of rain and more than doubled its year-to-date precipitation.
It's already the fourth wettest August on record. August 1965 currently holds first place with 1.65 inches of precipitation.
“We are expecting thunderstorms today with potential for heavy to torrential rainfall," Zach Polby, a forecaster with the NWS said Thursday morning.
Reno and surrounding areas are on a flood watch until Friday evening.
Polby said that residents living near or below burn scar areas should be on high alert. Land cleared by fires is most susceptible to flash flooding.
In case of flooding, he added, residents should not drive on submerged roadways.
“You really don’t know how deep (the water) is or if the road is still intact,” he said.
According to the NWS area forecast discussion, storms are more likely along US 395 and eastward and south of Interstate 80.
Despite showers and storms through Friday, Reno is expecting a sunny weekend with daytime temperatures in the low 90s. The NWS says that more storms and rain are possible next week.