The March 12, 2021, R-C Morning Report

The bushes grew snowballs over night.

The bushes grew snowballs over night.


Genoa, Nev. — Road controls are in effect both in the Sierra and the Pine Nuts this morning as a wee bit more snow than anticipated fell across Douglas County. I measured 3.25 inches at 2 a.m. in Genoa. The Caples Lake gauge shows 3.5 inches of new snow this morning.

The traffic cams around the county appear to be offline, but you can still track road conditions at or call 511 or 877-NV-ROADS.

A report of an aircraft in distress just north of Johnson Lane sent emergency responders on a search around Minden-Tahoe Airport in a snowstorm at around 6:20 p.m. Visibility was down to less than a quarter mile at 6:15 p.m. Dispatchers received word the aircraft turned around and landed safely in Carson.

A fatality originally reported as a skier hitting a tree appears to actually have been the result of a medical condition at Heavenly around 12:25 p.m. Wednesday. Ski patrol and Tahoe-Douglas medics responded to the incident.

I got a little static for using Janssen to refer to the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. Janssen is the name of manufacturer Janssen Biotech, which is a subsidiary of the larger company.

Douglas is continuing to see far more recoveries than new cases of the virus, with five new and 28 recoveries. There have been 2,566 total cases in the county since the virus arrived last year, with 410 active cases as of Thursday night.

Once the snow’s moved off expect sunny skies with a high near 49 degrees. The wind will be out of the north at 5-15 mph, gusting to 30 mph. It will warm up over the weekend before weather returns early Monday morning.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at


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