Genoa, Nev. — Traffic was backed up past South Sunridge from Thursday’s lunchtime wreck, punctuating just one of the bottlenecks on Highway 395 through Douglas County. At least motorists in the know could dodge it by turning up South Sunridge and then going around to the east. Just 100 feet further north and even that would not have been an option.
As I was headed up the highway to the wreck, I was passed by a significant number of vehicles speeding along. It doesn’t take a traffic engineer to see that patience is a virtue on the roads around here, particularly when the alternative is getting into a collision or stuck behind one.
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and cooperating law enforcement agencies will be combining efforts to get impaired drivers off the road through the rest of February.
Drought’s over, or at least it’s decreased to the point where much of western Douglas County has dropped into the abnormally dry category. Only the northeast corner remains in moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The storm forecast to arrive tonight isn’t going to make much difference to the moisture picture. According to the National Weather Service, there could be a tenth of an inch of rain and maybe a half inch of snow after 10 p.m.
The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 50 degrees today preceding a storm due to arrive tonight. The snow level will drop to 4,900 feet after midnight with a low of 22 degrees.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-782-5122.