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TRUCKEE RIVER - FARAD (FARC1)
Latitude: 39.43º NLongitude: 120.03º WElevation: 5153 Feet
Location: Nevada County in CaliforniaRiver Group: Eastern Sierra
Monitor Stage: 10.0 FeetFlood Stage: 11.0 Feet

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Historical Stage/Flow Data
Water Year
Peak Discharge (cfs)
Stage (feet)
Date
 Most Recent 5 Years
2022*
3,560
7.04
Oct 25, 2021
2021*
1,010
4.76
May 6, 2021
2020*
2,130
5.94
May 18, 2020
2019*
4,650
7.82
Apr 9, 2019
2018*
6,580
8.97
Apr 7, 2018
 Historical High Stage/Flow Events (Period of Record - Sept 1899 to Present) - Ranked by Flow
1951*
17,500****
14.50
Nov 21, 1950
1938*
15,500***
11.59
Dec 11, 1937
1907*
15,300**
11.59
Dec 11, 1937
1997*
14,900
13.13
Jan 02, 1997
 * Discharge affected by regulation or diversion
 ** Discharge is a daily average
 *** Aug 1912 through Dec 1937, water stage recorder at location 4.1 miles upstream at different datum.
 **** Jan 1938 through Aug 1957, water stage recorder at approximate same location operated by TCID at datum 1 ft higher.
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Official 7 Day National Weather Service Forecast   (CAZ072)
Today: Heavy snow. Blowing snow. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. Snow accumulation of 8 to 16 inches with 12 to 20 inches above 7000 feet. Highs 32 to 42. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Ridge gusts up to 115 mph.

Tonight: Heavy snow. Blowing snow. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. Snow accumulation of 18 to 26 inches with 26 to 34 inches above 7000 feet. Lows 16 to 26. Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Ridge gusts up to 140 mph.

Saturday: Heavy snow. Blowing snow. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. Snow accumulation of 9 to 15 inches with 12 to 20 inches above 7000 feet. Highs 25 to 35. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Ridge gusts up to 125 mph decreasing to 100 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Heavy snow. Blowing snow. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. Lows 13 to 23. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Ridge gusts up to 85 mph increasing to 100 mph after midnight.

Sunday: Snow likely. Blowing snow. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. Highs 24 to 34. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Ridge gusts up to 90 mph decreasing to 75 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night: Brisk. Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Patchy blowing snow through the night. Lows 9 to 19.

Monday: Brisk. Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs 30 to 40.

Monday Night and Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Lows 11 to 21. Highs 35 to 45.

Tuesday Night through Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow. Lows 14 to 24. Highs 34 to 44.
Impacts - E19 Information
8.5 FeetNo flooding from Boca to Mogul, including Floriston and Verdi areas. Near this level, releases from Prosser, Boca, and Stampede Reservoirs are cut to reduce high flows at Reno. Near the highest snowmelt flows in May of 2023.
9.0 FeetNo flooding from Boca to Mogul, including Floriston and Verdi areas. Similar to the 04/07/2018 peak.
10.0 FeetMonitor Stage. No flooding from Boca to Mogul, including Floriston and Verdi areas.
10.5 FeetMinimal flooding from Boca to Mogul, but near bankful in portions of the Verdi/Mogul aera. Similar to the 01/08/2017 peak.
11.0 FeetFlood Stage. Minor lowland flooding in some locations from Boca to Mogul, especially in the Verdi/Mogul area. Similar to the 12/31/2005 peak.
11.5 FeetMinor to moderate flooding from Boca to Mogul, especially to trailer and public parks in the Verdi/Mogul area along the river.
12.0 FeetModerate flooding from Boca to Mogul, especially to trailer and public parks in the Verdi/Mogul area along the river. Some damage to roads, bridges, and low-lying structures in the area.
12.5 FeetModerate to major flooding from Boca to Mogul. Damage to roads, bridges and low-lying buildings, especially in the Verdi/Mogul area. Transportation affected with many road closures. Impacts approaching, but not as severe as 01/02/1997.
13.0 FeetMajor flooding from Boca to Mogul. At these flows significant damage should be expected to low-lying roads, bridges, and structures along the river, especially in the Verdi/Mogul area. Transportation is significantly affected, including flooding along portions of Interstate 80. Impacts roughly similar to flood of January 1997.
13.5 FeetMajor flooding with extreme damage to roads, bridges, and structures from Boca to Mogul, especially in the Verdi/Mogul area. Transportation becomes very difficult and most major roads and highways in the area are flooded, including Interstate 80. Exceeding the level and impacts from the January 1997 flood.
14.0 FeetSevere near record flooding from Boca to Mogul with extensive damage to low-lying structures along the river. Regional transportation severely affected with many major roads flooded or damaged. Not quite as severe as the record 11/21/1950 flood.
14.5 FeetFlood disaster from Boca downstream to Nixon. Near record flooding of buildings, roads, and bridges in the Verdi/Mogul area. Transportation in and out of the region extremely difficult. Similar to record flood on 11/21/1950. About a 1 in 100 chance of being exceeded during any given year per USGS estimates.
15.0 FeetRecord flooding at Farad and near record to record flooding on the entire mainstem Truckee River. Disastrous flooding of buildings, roads, and bridges in the Verdi/Mogul area and downstream. Transportation is nearly cut off in all directions to and from Reno/Sparks.
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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.