Slick roads, snowfall greet motorists this morning
December 30, 2012
More than 3 inches of snow fell in parts of Carson Valley overnight prompting chain controls both in the Valley and in Douglas County’s mountain roads.
Chains or snow tires are required on Highway 395 from Topaz to Spooner Junction. The Nevada Department of Transportation says chains or snow tires are required on Highway 50 from Carson City to Middlegate just east of Austin, and from three miles up from the junction to Stateline. Chains or snow tires are also required on Highway 208 from Holbrook Junction to Yerington.
The Nevada Highway Patrol is reporting motorists in need of assistance on Interstate 580 in Carson City.
Both Highway 50 over Echo Summit and Interstate 80 at Donner Pass are clear this morning.
Forecasters say snow showers are thanks to an “inside slider” in Western Nevada, which typically drops more snow east of the Sierra crest and lower amounts in the Tahoe basin.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect through 10 a.m. today with the possibility of snow showers south of Highway 50 to continue. Motorists are warned that below freezing temperatures will allow snow to accumulate immediately on the roads, making for icy conditions.
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The Nevada Highway Patrol has issued an advisory to motorists to allow more time to reach their destination because the roads are very slick.