Storm won’t stop Parade of Lights |

Storm won’t stop Parade of Lights

Blue skies and sunshine make an appearance in Genoa this morning.
Kurt Hildebrand |


Highway 395 will close between Buckeye and Waterloo lanes shortly after 4 p.m. for the event and reopens immediately after the parade, which should be approximately 6 to 6:15 p.m. Detours around the parade route are available.

The parade starts at 5 p.m. and will travel from Eddy Street in Gardnerville along Highway 395 then turn onto Esmeralda Avenue to Minden Park.

The route for the annual Parade of Lights through Gardnerville and Minden should be cold but clear of snow by this afternoon.

Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Bill Chernock said the parade will take place as scheduled.

“The route will be clear by afternoon,” he said in an email. “Forecast shows the snow diminishing all day. We’re expecting about 21 degrees at 5 p.m.”

Two inches of snow fell in Minden, according to Weather Watcher Stan Kapler. Kapler said the snow was wetter than that from Tuesday’s storm, boiling down to .14 inches of water.

“There are patches where there isn’t any snow, and other places where it’s 3-4 inches deep,” he said of the light powder. “When the wind’s blowing, it’s like a sandstorm. It’s all blown off my roof.”

Closer to the Carson Range, nearly three times as much snow fell. In Genoa, 7 inches of snow didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for Breakfast with Santa Claus. The town’s roads were cleared by 9 a.m. Indian Hills reported 6.5 inches of heavy snow this morning from the storm.

A National Weather Service trained spotter northwest of Carson City reported 9.5 inches of windblown snow at 5,280 feet.

Incline Village reported 17 inches of light snow between 6 p.m. Friday and this morning.

The snow also diminished as the storm pushed south, with a spotter at Crowley Lake in Mono County reported 4 inches of snow at 7,000 feet containing a quarter-inch of moisture. Six inches of snow was reported at the Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station.

A wind advisory has issued a lake wind advisory through 6 p.m. today, with winds expected to be 10-20 mph, gusting to 35 mph and waves 2-3 feet on the east shore.

A winter weather advisory for Carson Valley expired at 10 a.m., as the sun came out this morning. The temperature is 31 degrees in Genoa, and 26 degrees in Minden.