Genoa, Nev. — Chain controls are in effect over Kingsbury Grade and Spooner Summit this morning. Interstate 80 and highways 50 and 88 over the Sierra are also requiring chains or snow tires, if you’re headed to Grandma’s House for Christmas.
The Kingsbury traffic camera shows it’s definitely snowing up top, which is why there’s a winter storm warning through 4 p.m. Sunday for heavy snow of 1-3 feet with 3-7 feet over 7,000 feet.
The anticipated snow total for Christmas Day in Minden is 5 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. Most of that is forecast for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Temperatures are expected to be above freezing then, so accumulation could vary depending on melt-off and drifting from the 20 mph breeze.
Gardnerville’s Dragon Dental on Waterloo was evacuated around lunchtime Wednesday after four people complained of headaches. East Fork firefighters checked the premises before giving the all-clear. No one was transported.
The Douglas unemployment rate is down to 3.2 percent with 21,706 employed and 728 receiving benefits, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Keep in mind that all of the folks receiving jobless benefits live in the county, while that’s not true of all the people working here.
A vaccination requirement for Nevada college and university students was lifted after the Nevada Legislative Commission deadlocked on emergency regulations issued in August by the Nevada Department of Health.
It’s relatively warm out and it has been raining on and off all night.
I measured .6 inches of rain a mile north of Genoa overnight. About a fifth of an inch fell in Johnson Lane. Expect more of the same today.
The forecast calls for a high temperature today of around 46 degrees and cloudy skies. Minden could see as much as three-quarters of an inch of rain before it turns to snow late tonight. Christmas Eve may see a half-inch of snow.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org