December 2, 2012
Rain turns to heavy snow in Truckee; flood danger passing

PC020024.jpegBy Barbara Barte Osborn
Bee correspondent

The Truckee River peaked Sunday morning without flooding these Riverview Drive homes near the bridge in downtown Truckee.

Near-constant rain turned to heavy snow about 10 a.m. According to the National Weather Service, the danger of flooding would pass when the snow began.

According to a 12:10 p.m. news release from the Truckee Police Department, the National Weather Service has revised the Truckee-area forecast from "flood warning" to "winter storm warning." Based on this information and the change in weather, the town's operations are transitioning from "flood watch" to "snow removal," according to the release.

The Red Cross evacuation center in Truckee will close at 1 p.m.

Alex Terrazas, Truckee's assistant town manager, called from Highway 89 at 1 p.m. to say the Truckee River in the area between Squaw Valley and Truckee, which was predicted to have major flooding, "is running quick and brown, but there's no sign of flooding or damage."

He said the National Weather Service is reporting the river peaked at about 5 feet, rather than the almost 8 feet that had been expected.

"With the rain changing to snow, remember to drive slowly and increase the distance between vehicles," officials advised.

There were multiple traffic accidents reported on the west side of Donner Summit attributed to heavy snow.

The National Weather Service reported Sunday morning that Donner Creek was near flood stage with very high flows on creeks on the west side of the Lake Tahoe basin.

Rock slides were reported at Highway 89 near Emerald Bay and along Interstate 80 near Floriston.