New storm may ride in with Santa |

New storm may ride in with Santa

Cars are stopped on Kingsbury Grade on Monday.
Brad Coman |

The echoes of artillery fire should be music to the ears of Carson Valley skiers as Sierra resorts conduct avalanche control to deal with the new snow that arrived overnight on Monday.

Meanwhile, it looks like Santa could bring more snow as a colder storm is in the forecast for Christmas Eve.

Heavenly Ski Resort reported receiving 3 feet of snow overnight on Monday. Kirkwood Ski Resort reported receiving 37 inches of new snow.

The same storm that brought the snow also snarled area highways, with blizzard conditions closing Kingsbury Grade for an hour early Monday evening.

Law enforcement, tow trucks and snow plows gathered at the intersection of Highway 207 and Foothill Road in pelting rain before retaking the hill from stalled vehicles.

Highway 88 at Carson Spur was closed for avalanche control on Tuesday as skies cleared.

Winds gusted to 66 mph at Highway 395 and Genoa Lane in Carson Valley on Monday, with sustained winds of greater than 40 mph for four hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

East Fork Battalion Chief Scott Fraser said that some debris blew off the Carson Valley Swim Center where the roof is under construction.

East Fork firefighters and Douglas County deputies responded to two reports of trees knocked over by the wind, one in Sheridan Acres and the other in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Those were cleared by the county road department and the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District.

High winds were also likely responsible for power outages that occurred across the county on Monday night.

As of 9:30 p.m., power was out to 244 Douglas County homes, according to NV Energy’s website.

All but three of those were located at Stateline, which had been without power since 4:53 p.m. Monday.

Power outages also affected 90 NV Energy customers in Minden around 2 p.m., and 30 South County residents around 4:30 p.m.

Forecasters are suggesting holiday travelers use today’s lull in between storms to make their way through the mountains.

Today partly sunny skies and a high near 43 degrees, as the new storm approaches.

Snow is forecast to arrive in Carson Valley early Thursday morning and continue through the day. The National Weather Service is predicting 2-4 inches of snow during the day.

Colder temperatures are expected to arrive with Thursday’s storm with the low in parts of Carson Valley predicted to hover around 0 degrees on Christmas night.

A spotter in the Gardnerville Ranchos reported 1.88 inches of rain fell there, while 1.42 inches were reported near Fredricksburg.

A rain gauge in Genoa registered 1.37 inches of precipitation fell north of town.

After four dry winters, the first three months of this water year have so far been fairly wet.

Both October and November came in ahead for precipitation, and December appears to be headed in that direction.

The National Weather Service reported Minden received a fifth of an inch of rain in Monday’s storm, bringing the total for the month up to .89 inches. That’s only a half-inch short of the average precipitation for the month of 1.39 inches.