Carson Valley dodges snow
March 25, 2016
While regions north of Carson Valley saw a half foot of snow, Minden and Gardnerville residents were lucky to see a few flakes from Monday's storm.
A winter weather advisory expired at 11 a.m. on Monday without any accumulation in the central Valley.
Lake effect snows followed a northeastern track from Lake Tahoe to Fernley.
The snow began to fall and stick around 5 a.m. and did not let up until around noon, Department of Public Safety Officer Dave Gibson said.
The NHP began working crashes in the Reno-Sparks area 4 a.m. Monday, handling 25 crashes that did not require any medical response, eight crashes that did need medical attention and 45-plus motorists assists. The assists only included vehicles with people still on scene.
"A few of these incidents caused roadways to be shut down while crews worked to get vehicles unstuck," Gibson said. "Highway 395 northbound at North McCarran was shut down for over an hour while a jack-knifed semi was being towed off the highway. Two more accidents occurred near Lockwood and Mustang on I-80 causing all the westbound lanes to be blocked. There were countless vehicles that had been left on the side of the road as drivers' set out to find their own assistance as the NHP was going from call to call."
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Gibson reminded motorists that if they're stranded not to leave their vehicles running continuously.
"Try to let the vehicle warm up and then turn it off and roll the window down enough to keep a carbon monoxide built up from occurring," he said. "During times when there is a chance of inclement weather carry blankets, extra clothing (jackets), and enough food and water to last a few hours in case you aren't able to receive assistance for a while. Try to figure out where you are on the roadway so when you have to call 911 you can give a good location so you can be found quicker."
No major weather-related incidents were reported in Carson Valley on Monday morning.
However, melted snow combined with freezing temperatures, requiring chain controls in the Pine Nuts for Tuesday's commute.