The National Weather Service issued a special statement this morning that rain and snow last night created icy roads this morning where the snow's partially melted or rain fell before the freeze. The roads are expected to remain icy until around 10 a.m. Heavenly reported 6 inches of new snow overnight. Kirkwood reported 10 inches of snow at the summit.
The mountain roads all have chain controls. Kingsbury and Highway 50 pretty much from Carson to Stateline require chains or snow tires, as does Highway 395 from Jake's Hill to Topaz. Echo Summit, Donner and Carson passes are requiring four-wheel drive or chains to cross and there's a big chain check on Interstate 80 at the state line.
Flu activity in Western Nevada is climbing steadily, but has yet to reach the proportions it has in Las Vegas or the rest of the country. According to Google Flu trends, the number of searches for items related to influenza is higher than the past six years for this time of year, it's far below fall 2009 when the H1N1 hit or its peak for the last six years in February 2008. Las Vegas is already will above its peaks for the last six years. If you haven't already received a flu shot, it might be a good idea to get one.
There's a slight chance we'll see some snow today and Friday, but very little in the way of accumulation. Bundle up today, since the high isn't forecast to climb past freezing. The real cold returns tonight with the low hitting 11. Friday night will be colder still.