Weather puts damper on New Year’s celebrations |

Weather puts damper on New Year’s celebrations

by Susie Vasquez

Snow showers in the Carson Valley reflect the flurry of cancellations for this New Year’s weekend at the Carson Valley Inn.

By mid-day Thursday, about 40 percent of the reservations had been canceled, but Carson Valley Inn spokesman Bill Henderson said he and the staff are taking it in stride.

“There’s nothing we can do about the weather,” he said. “We’re not letting it bother us.”

Plenty of special events, like the Super Bowl, are coming up. In the meantime, there will be plenty of food at the Inn this weekend.

“No one needs to go hungry New Year’s Eve,” Henderson said.

Rhett Milne, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said storms will continue to plow through the area.

“The jetstream is staying right over us, driving these systems right at us rather than north or south,” he said.

“We should see a brief break Saturday before another storm hits on Sunday. We’re expecting a little break again on Tuesday, before another storm hits Wednesday.”

Minden weather watcher Stan Kapler said precipitation was relatively light, just .06 inches of moisture. One inch of snow fell and the low was 28, Thursday morning.

The main band of precipitation was north of the Carson Valley Thursday, but that weather was expected to move over this area by Thursday night, Milne said.

“We’re expecting another 6 to 8 feet of snow in the Sierra,” Milne said. “These storms will be extremely beneficial for the drought situation.”

Sheriff Ron Pierini said the weather could put a damper on the festivities at South Lake Tahoe, but considering the average age of the crowd, 14 to 25, it’s difficult to predict.

“But the road closures should impact attendance,” he said.

California officials said Highway 50 was closed from Kyburz to Myers, Calif., Thursday due to spin-outs. Highway 88 was closed from Kirkwood to Picket’s Junction, Calif. due to poor visibility and Highway 80 was, well, just closed.

Another 2 to 6-inches of snow is expected today, with wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour and lows ranging from 16 to 26 tonight.

New Year’s Eve day will be mostly cloudy and breezy, with snow likely. Lows will range between 15 and 25. Cloudy skies and a chance of snow are in the forecast for both Sunday and Monday, with lows between 15 and 25 and highs between 30 and 42 for the greater Carson Valley, Carson City, Reno and Lake Tahoe area.

— Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 211.