Genoa, Nev. — If you’re out traveling this Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday be prepared for snowy weather from top to bottom in Douglas County. Chains or snow tires are being required on highways 395, 88 and 208. Add four-wheel drive to that for anything into the mountains, including Kingsbury and all of Highway 50.
A big thank-you to all the public and private workers who have braved these storms to serve the rest of us. Whether it’s plowing roads or serving hot cocoa, you are appreciated.
Minden-Tahoe Airport’s automated weather system indicates it’s been snowing steadily since around 10 p.m. Sunday, with visibility down to a mile at 5:15 a.m. Road temperatures are at or below freezing, so anticipate a slick ride if you’re heading out.
There’s just .27 inches of precipitation between the total 7.63 inches in Minden and the 1909 record of 7.9 inches this morning. The annual average for the Douglas County seat is 9.34 inches. We’re at 14.6 inches so far since Oct. 1, so that’s in the rearview mirror. The wettest year on record in Minden is 2017 at 20 inches.
A winter weather advisory is in effect through 10 p.m. today with 3-5 inches forecast for Carson Valley and 4-8 inches above 5,500 feet.
Snow’s pretty light in Genoa this morning, but it’s still coming down. The winter storm warning at Lake Tahoe and above also remains in effect through 10 p.m. today.
Most of the snowfall is supposed to wrap up around 4 p.m. with the high hitting 35 degrees. The north breeze at 5 mph could result in a second blast as the trees shed the snow and branches.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at email@example.com or 775-782-5122.
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