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Latitude: 39.30º NLongitude: 120.20º WElevation: 5860 Feet
Location: Placer County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Eastern Sierra
Issuance Time: Jan 26 2021 at 2:08 PM PSTNext Issuance: Jan 27 2021 at 9:00 AM PST
Monitor Stage: 4.5 FeetFlood Stage: 5.5 Feet

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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
 Most Recent 5 Years
Apr 9, 2019
Apr 7, 2018
Jan 8, 2017
Jan 30, 2016
Feb 7, 2015
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Sept 1944 to Present)
Jan 2, 1997
Feb 1, 1963
Dec 23, 1955
Nov 20, 1950
Dec 31, 2005
 * Discharge affected by regulation or diversion
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ072)
Today: Heavy snow and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then heavy snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 7 to 13 inches with 13 to 21 inches above 7000 feet. Highs 28 to 33. South winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph decreasing to 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph in the afternoon. Ridge gusts up to 135 mph decreasing to 105 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Heavy snow. Snow accumulation of 10 to 16 inches with 15 to 23 inches above 7000 feet. Lows 23 to 33. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Ridge gusts up to 90 mph decreasing to 75 mph after midnight.

Thursday: Heavy snow. Snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches with 10 to 18 inches above 7000 feet. Highs 29 to 34. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 80 mph decreasing to 65 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Heavy snow in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Lows 17 to 27. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 55 mph in the evening.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Highs 29 to 34. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Lows 16 to 26.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow. Highs 32 to 42.

Saturday Night and Sunday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow. Lows 18 to 28. Highs 34 to 44.

Sunday Night through Monday Night: Breezy. Heavy snow likely. Lows 20 to 30. Highs 34 to 39.

Tuesday: Heavy snow likely. Highs 29 to 39.
Impacts - E19 Information
4.5 FeetMonitor Stage. No flooding along the Truckee River from Alpine Meadows to Truckee.
5.5 FeetFlood Stage. Minor flooding from Alpine Meadows to Truckee. Minor flooding of landscapes, basements, and crawl spaces in low lying properties. Riverside campgrounds may be impacted by flooding from small tributaries and overland flow, but little impact to campgrounds is expected from the river.
6.5 FeetFlooding from Alpine Meadows to Truckee, including yards, crawl spaces, basements, private bridges, and campgrounds. Flow similar to January 2017 event.
7.0 FeetModerate flooding along Truckee River between Alpine Meadows and Truckee. Significant damage to some private bridges and low-lying structures along the river is possible. Flows similar to the flood of December 31 2005.
7.5 FeetMajor flooding with damage to roads, bridges and structures along the Truckee River between Alpine Meadows and Truckee including low lying homes. Highway 89 likely overtopped near the Pole Creek Road.>
8.5 FeetMajor flooding from the Alpine Meadows area through Truckee. Significant damage is likely to many roads, bridges, structures and homes along the river.
9.5 FeetNear record flooding, widespread damage to homes, businesses, roads, and bridges along river from Alpine Meadows through Truckee.
10.0 FeetRecord flooding, similar to the flood of January, 2 1997. Widespread and major damage is likely to many homes, businesses, bridges and roads near the river from the Alpine Meadows area through Truckee.
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This river graphic is not intended to serve as a substitute for official flood watches, warnings, advisories, or statements issued by the NWS Reno Weather Forecast Office. Observations are preliminary and subject to change. River levels identified as "forecast" should be consistent with those contained in official NWS products. River levels identified as "guidance" have significant uncertainty due to future weather or reservoir regulation and are provided for planning purposes only.