Governor closes state offices

Snow sticks to the trees in the Carson Range above Genoa on Friday morning.

Snow sticks to the trees in the Carson Range above Genoa on Friday morning.

With severe weather conditions arriving in Western Nevada, Gov. Joe Lombardo ordered all state executive branch government offices closed at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The Nevada Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety reported severe weather and potentially dangerous road conditions worsening over the next several hours.

Essential public safety and corrections personnel will continue their duties.

State offices in Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County, Storey County, and Washoe County are closed.

The Governor’s office will continue to monitor weather conditions. Governor Lombardo urges Western Nevadans to take caution on roadways and to follow all NDOT and DPS guidance.

Mount Rose Highway closed around noon on Friday. 

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A semi truck stuck near Pine Ridge on Kingsbury Grade snarled traffic as law enforcement officials worked to get it free.

Chain controls remained in effect as the lunch hour approached and a winter storm continued to drop snow at Daggett Summit.

Controls on Highway 395 from Highway 88 to just north of Holbrook Junction were lifted on Friday morning, but remained south to Topaz Lake.

The first blast of snow accompanying a blizzard warning at Lake Tahoe resulted in 10 inches falling at Heavenly Ski Base, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Heavenly Mountain Resort reopened Friday morning but closed the Gondola due to 55 mph winds, gusting to more than 90 mph at 9,000 feet.

As of 10:50 a.m., two of the nine lifts opened were on wind hold, according to the resorts social media.

The storm closed Zephyr Cove Elementary School and the Zephyr Cove Library on Friday.

A winter storm warning for Douglas County remains in effect through 10 p.m. March 2, according to the Weather Service.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office urged motorists to limit travel during the worst of the storm, which is still expected to arrive tonight into Saturday.

Snow is forecast to arrive in Minden around 7 p.m. today and continue through Sunday morning, bringing more than a foot to the Douglas County seat.

Nearly an inch of rain fell a mile north of Genoa overnight, thanks mostly to warmer temperatures. The snow level appeared to be just above the base of the Carson Range above Nevada’s oldest town.


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