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NWS Weather Bulletin: Potential Susan River Flooding Tonight and Thursday

Forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Reno office are warning residents of Lassen, eastern Plumas and eastern Sierra counties, including the cities of Susanville and Portola, to be aware of the potential for flooding along rivers and small streams in the area.

A flood watch will be in effect from Wednesday evening through late Thursday night as a warm and wet winter storm will bring moderate to heavy rain to areas below 7,000 feet starting late this evening and continuing into Thursday. Total rainfall could reach in excess of 2 inches in central Plumas and Sierra counties and western Lassen County.

Snow levels will remain above 7000 feet through Thursday afternoon, increasing the chances for runoff from rain and snowmelt.

Forecasters say that rises are likely on the Susan River and small streams as well the Middle Fork of the Feather River and possibly the Pit River.

In areas where significant low elevation snow remains on the ground, runoff will be enhanced by the melting of the snow along with the moderate to heavy rain. This could also cause flooding of streets and roads that do not have adequate drainage.

Small creeks and streams, poor drainage areas, low water crossings, and recently burned areas are the most susceptible to flooding. Excessive rainfall may also generate rock and mud slides in steep terrain. Persons living along small creeks and streams should monitor the latest weather information at weather.gov/reno and be prepared to take action should flooding occur.

For up-to-date weather information follow this link to the Lassen Weather Network.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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