The Jan. 30, 2023, R-C Morning Report

A fair piece of the surface of Topaz Lake was frozen over on Saturday in this photo by Gardnerville resident Tim Berube.

A fair piece of the surface of Topaz Lake was frozen over on Saturday in this photo by Gardnerville resident Tim Berube.

Genoa, Nev. — Both Western Nevada College and the University of Nevada, Reno, are on delayed starts this morning due to icy conditions on the roads.They're opening at 10 a.m. Douglas School bus Route 202 at Lake Tahoe will be picking up students at main stops only.

I heard 4-5 people were taken for treatment after a 6:15 p.m. collision at Center Drive and Topsy Lane in near the northern Douglas County line. Dispatch warned first responders the roads were icy. I wager it didn’t get less so overnight.

Chains or snow tires are being required on Highway 395 from Carson City to Topaz and on 88 from Minden south to the state line. Add four-wheel drive if you’re headed into the mountains.

The Airport Advisory Committee is meeting 4 p.m. today for the first time in five months with three new members. After introductions the first order of business will be to figure out a meeting schedule.

There’s a lot on the committee’s to-do list including working on the master plan. They’re meeting in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden. I don’t see from the agenda where they’re turning on the video, but I’ll ask today.

A Fredericksburg weather watcher reported 4 inches of snow in the southwest corner of Carson Valley. I measured around 2-3 inches in Genoa on Sunday.

It has been seven years since we’ve seen this cold a low temperature, according to Weather Service records. There was a minus 2 degree reading in December 2016. The low in Minden for this month, so far, is zero. It was 5 degrees at Minden-Tahoe Airport at 4:55 a.m., so we might still get there.

The record low temperature for this day is minus 16 degrees in 1949, which saw a six-day cold streak that bottomed out at minus 24 degrees. Brrr!

You’re going to have to climb pretty high today to get into those ranges with minus 20-35-degrees with wind chills in exposed spots in the High Sierra.

Today’s high temperature is forecast to hit a whopping 22 degrees before it drops to minus 2. The gradual clearing skies today aren’t going to warm the place up any during the day and will contribute to the low temperatures tonight.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 775-782-5122.


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