Genoa, Nev. — There have already been several wind gusts around 40 mph this morning as both the wind and the winter weather advisories were moved up three hours. A 51 mph gust was recorded along Highway 88 between Mottsville and Centerville at 4:30 a.m. Fish Springs recorded a 40 mph gust around 1:23 a.m. Minden-Tahoe Airport has been seeing gusts of 35-39 mph since midnight.
I’ll check in with Gardnerville later, but unless the wind dies down a lot more than forecast, it might not be safe to launch fireworks tonight. The National Weather Service is showing 20 mph gusts through 9 p.m. with sustained winds above 10 mph until midnight in Minden.
There might be some precipitation today with about a quarter inch of rain forecast and maybe an inch of snow, but there’s no telling. This is a fairly big storm from the radar.
Kingsbury Grade is open this morning without controls, but there’s a little snow flying up there. Interstate 80 looks like it’s already a mess this morning with a wrong-way driver, and vehicles stuck near Gold Run. Highway 395 has a wind advisory from the stateline south to Bishop.
Douglas County commissioners will be honoring Sen. James Settelmeyer, Assembly Jim Wheeler and Commissioner John Engels with proclamations this morning.
While there are some ordinances in the mix, I think the real issue today will be a Tier 3 VHR appeal. Commissioners meet 10 a.m. today at the Douglas County Courthouse.
We’re looking at rain mixed with snow with a level of 5,000 feet and a high temperature near 44 degrees, which we are already within a degree of at dawn. Winds will continue to crank at 25-30 mph gusting to 45 mph. If it’s going to snow, that will likely happen before 7 p.m. If the skies clear, we’re looing at 10 degrees in the morning.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-781-0351