Storm brings snow to Valley
December 19, 2013
Carson Valley commuters awoke to slick roads this morning as a winter storm dropped an inch of snow on Thursday morning.
Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler said he recieved an inch of snow which amounted to .03 inches of moisture.
A jack-knifed truck and two vehicle accidents blocked Highway 395 on Jake's Hill, climbing into the Pine Nuts south of Ruhenstroth, according to Trooper Chuck Allen of the Nevada Highway Patrol. Another accident happened on Highway 395 near Johnson Lane, while the remaining events took place on Highway 50 near Cave Rock and Spooner Summit.
The accidents were among 22 crashes reported in Northern Nevada this morning, Allen said.
Except for an injury reported in one of the Gardnerville events, the remaining crashes were property damage only.
Despite a temperature hovering near 32 degrees, snow stuck to the roads until 9 a.m., making for slippery driving and walking.
Rescue personnel responded to several property damage calls on Douglas County roads, both in the mountains and the Valley.
Snow telemetry at Ebbetts Pass reported 3 inches of snow over six hours on Thursday, bringing the snow depth to 15 inches, bringing the total for the water year up to 3.3 inches, according to the Natural Resource Conservation Service. That's well short of the nearly 19 inches Ebbetts receives on average during the first quarter of the water year.
Chains or snow tires were required over Kingsbury Grade and Spooner Summit on Thursday.
Scattered snow showers are forecast for this afternoon, tapering off this evening. The high temperature today is expected to reach 34 degrees, before it drops to 9 degrees early Friday morning.
Expect the wind out of the north at 15 mph, gusting to 23 mph through the afternoon.