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Tracking Northern Nevada Weather With Watches and Warnings

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There's a lot that goes into the National Weather Service issuing different weather statements for the area. A Weather Watch is issued to let people know the National Weather Service has medium confidence that a weather event will happen, but that can transition into a Weather Warning very quickly when a storm rolls in.

"When we upgrade that to a warning, it's pretty specific. Specific areas that say 'okay we have high confidence that there is flash flood occurring or is about to occur,'" said Meteorologist Chris Smallcomb. Flood Watches and Warnings are issued when more than an inch of rain is expected to fall per hour. Special satellites and weather balloons are used to help determine how much rain to expect. Weather Watches are typically issued two to three days in advance and serve as a good reminder for drivers. "Here in Northern Nevada you don't get a lot of rain so you're not used to it and a lot of people get out there and continue to try to drive like they normally do on dry pavement and you just can't do that," David Gibson.

The National Weather Service say it's also important to keep an eye out for slow-moving storms. "In environments like today and tomorrow those storms are likely to move at 10 miles per hour or less. They're going to be sort of plodding along. That helps sort of increase the amount of rainfall that they produce," said Chris Smallcomb.

Roadways will be slick when there's heavy rain. "Whenever you're in an area where we don't have a lot of rain, certain oils and things they don't ever get washed away so when we finally do get a downpour of rain, all those oil get drawn to the top.," said David Gibson. "Here in Northern Nevada you don't get a lot of rain so you're not used to it and a lot of people get out there and continue to try to drive like they normally do on dry pavement and you just can't do that."


Also, don't be fooled even when it's hot outside. "Frequently heat waves end with big thunderstorms," said Chris Smallcomb. "This is the time to prepares for Flash Floods especially if you live in a flood prone area. Know what to do if a warning is issued or if you see flooding."

Some tips to stay safe on the roadways:

 1 - Create distance between your car and other vehicles.

2 - Don't follow other vehicles too close.

3 - Drive slower.

4 - Leave your destination early and anticipate possible delays.

You can also download the KTVN Weather App at the Google Play or iTunes store.

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