The March 1, 2023, R-C Morning Report

A fifth-wheel parked near Kingsbury and Tramway during Tuesday's snowstorm.

A fifth-wheel parked near Kingsbury and Tramway during Tuesday's snowstorm.

Genoa, Nev. — Douglas County’s schools are closed today for  a third snow day in a row. A semi blocking all lanes of Highway 395 at Palamino helped decide the issue this morning. State offices in Western Nevada will open with a two-hour delay as will the University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Nevada College.

A fifth-wheel abandoned at the top of Kingsbury Grade sometime Monday night was a snowbound social media star as people watched the traffic camera until it crashed. I pulled a couple of screen shots.

Douglas County’s Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team was working in both the Pine Nuts and the Carson Range at the same time on Tuesday night. There was someone with a serious injury off Leviathan Mine Road, while on the other side, it was skiers “off the grid.”

Highway 50 is closed from a mile west of Kyburz to Meyers for avalanche control. Interstate 80 is closed due to zero visibility and Highway 88 is closed in at least three places and Highway 395 is closed from Walker south. Road controls are in effect all over the region.

Today’s edition of The Record-Courier is stuck on the other side of the Sierra this morning. We haven’t heard when it will make it over, but when it does, we’ll start delivering it.

A tanker truck full of milk is stuck at Tioga Lodge on the shore of Mono Lake after turning onto the Highway 395 and tangling its chains. Another semi is in a ditch on Highway 6 just south of Benton.

As of the end of February, Minden has recorded a total 10.06 inches of precipitation for calendar year 2023, more than three times the average of 3 inches for January and February. It’s the third biggest start of a year in the 117 years of record keeping, trailing only 2017 and 1909.

It appears from Natural Resource Conservation Service snow telemetry that 2017 is the year to beat. This last storm may have contributed, but Ebbetts Pass is still 16 inches short of that.

Minden Town Board members are meeting 5:30 p.m. in the CVIC Hall to discuss the town’s capital improvement plan.

By the time most people read this, the chance of snow showers will have expired, and then it’s just going to be blowing snow, which might be worse. The wind is forecast to be 5-15 mph out of the north with the high hitting 30 degrees under partly sunny skies.

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


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