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Flooding threat shrinks in Reno, Northern California

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Updated: 12/02/2012 3:18 pm
RENO (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- The flood threat for the Truckee River has diminished this afternoon because of less rainfall and more precipitation falling as snow instead of rain.

Several days of heavy rain along the Pacific Coast and into the Northern Sierra Mountains caused the Truckee and other area rivers to swell. Most rivers and streams are expected to crest this afternoon into Monday morning, but the levels will be several feet less than expected.

The latest forecast issued this afternoon said most rivers would remain at or below flood stage.

Also easing the potential flooding is that cold temperatures are causing snow to reach the ground at about 7,000 to 7,500 feet in the northern Sierra, reducing the amount of precipitation that is falling as rain. An earlier forecast said the snow would stay above 10,000 feet, meaning all the rest would reach the ground as rain and immediately run off into streams.

MyNews3.com will update this story with developments and you can watch tonight's News3 newscasts at 8 and 11 p.m. for the latest details.
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