Blustery winter weather expected tonight
WINTER DRIVING TIPS
∙ Only travel in winter weather when necessary, leave enough time to safely reach your destination and plan your route to help avoid snowy/icy areas and steep hills.
∙ Before driving, check weather and road conditions by dialing 511 within Nevada (or 1-877-NV-ROADS outside of Nevada) or logging on to http://www.nvroads.com.
∙ Share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you.
∙ Remove snow and ice from all vehicle windows, mirrors, lights, turn signals and license plates.
∙ Buckle up.
∙ Turn on headlights to see and be seen.
∙ Turn off cruise control.
∙ Avoid quick starts, stops and fast turns. Accelerate, brake and steer smoothly and gradually.
∙ Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
∙ Do not slam on brakes. Apply steady pressure on ABS-equipped vehicles and pump the brakes if necessary on non-ABS vehicles.
∙ Always comply with all posted chain requirements.
∙ If your vehicle has snow tires, install and use them between October 1 and April 30.
∙ Keep additional distance from other vehicles.
∙ Watch carefully for snow removal equipment.
∙ Do not pass without good distance and sight clearance.
∙ Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas- they may freeze first.
∙ Maintain a high fuel level.
∙ If vehicle begins to skid, steer in direction of slide and slowly remove foot from accelerator.
∙ Be aware of black ice.
∙ If parked or stuck in snow, leave window slightly cracked for ventilation and make sure vehicle exhaust system is clear of snow.
Source: Nevada Department of Transportation
Anyone willing to stand out in the wind on Thursday morning might get a chance to see someone’s Santa and reindeer decoration actually fly by.
Wind gusts of up to 75 mph expected after 10 p.m. could make for a rough night for Carson Valley residents tonight.
Forecasters say holiday decorations, patio furniture and other loose outdoor objects should be tied down or brought inside. Motorists should watch out for strong crosswinds.
A high wind warning goes into effect at 10 p.m. and will continue through 4 a.m. Friday.
Winds will be at their worst starting around 3 a.m. and lasting through 3 p.m. Thursday.
Sustained southerly winds 30-50 mph, gusting to 65-70 mph are expected to scour the Valley, with gusts of up to 90 mph likely in wind prone areas.
High winds are expected to damage power lines, trees, structures, fences and roofs. Residents shouldn’t be surprised by power outages tonight and Thursday.