A storm forecast to greet commuters Tuesday morning failed to arrive in Carson Valley until afternoon, but when it arrived it brought heavy snow.
Chains or snow tire controls were issued for Highway 395 from Ray May Way to Holbrook Junction and from Gardnerville to Fairview Drive on Tuesday. Both Kingsbury Grade and Spooner Summit also required chains or snow tires.
At least two accidents on Tuesday afternoon were reported as a result of slick roads.
In one instance a vehicle slid off Highway 395 north of Stephanie and another slid off Highway 88 at Kimmerling Road.
At least one accident occurred north of Stephanie when a vehicle slid through a fence and onto a field at 2:18 p.m. Vehicles were sliding off the roadway along Highway 88, as well.
Heavy snow prompted Western Nevada College to close its Carson City campus at 4 p.m. due to icy conditions.
The storm came in from the north, snarling roads in Reno and Carson City before arriving in Carson Valley.
Temperatures dropped 10 degrees over the course of three hours, plunging to below freezing by 2 p.m.
The storm was warmer than anticipated by the National Weather Service, which was calling for Minden temperatures to drop below freezing by 9 a.m. A winter storm warning was in effect in Carson Valley until 4 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service there is a chance for snow in Carson Valley through 3 a.m. today. Today’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 28. The low tonight should drop below 0 to -2