Storm produces snow, wind
April 1, 2012
More than a foot of snow fell overnight at Heavenly with up to 18 inches in places as lifts are expected to open at 8:30 a.m. today. Kirkwood reports 21 inches of snow fell at the summit, with 16 inches of snow at the base.
More than an inch of snow fell in Genoa overnight. Snow continues to fall in Carson Valley this morning.
Road controls are in effect for Highway 50 from Carson City to the Nevada state line and for Kingsbury Grade. Chains or four-wheel drive are required for all three passes over the mountains, and the California Highway Patrol is conducting a truck chain check in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 this morning.
There is a high wind advisory on Highway 395 through Washoe Valley.
The Nevada Highway Patrol is working two property damage accidents at Highway 395 and Golden in Reno, which occurred at 7:26 a.m., and an injury accident in the southbound lanes of Highway 395 in Reno, which occurred at 7:08 a.m.
The California Highway Patrol is handling two noninjury accidents on Interstate 80 and a traffic hazard on Highway 50, where a truck was stuck in the mountains.
High winds played havoc with power lines and motorists around Western Nevada. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reported powerlines down and three transformers on fire, knocking out electricity to the city of Yerington. Highway 95 from Hawthorne to Luning was closed due to a blinding dust storm on Saturday evening.
A 76 mph wind gust was reported in Walker and a 63 mph gust was reported in Carson City.
The peak wind gust in Carson Valley is reported at 48 mph on Saturday. More than half an inch of rain fell in the Gardnerville Ranchos on Saturday.
A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for Western Nevada, isolated snow showers will continue until 11 a.m. today. A cold front is expected to move across the region on Tuesday night with strong gusty winds. While some precipitation is expected along the front, there isn’t much moisture available for the storm, so accumulations are expected to be light.