Snow expected to continue into Sunday afternoon |

Snow expected to continue into Sunday afternoon

Heavy, wet snow coated tree branches early Sunday morning. Snow started falling around midnight in Genoa.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Snow showers are expected to continue in Carson Valley into this afternoon with accumulations of up to 3 inches in places on the Valley floor and 2-4 inches in the foothills.

Heavenly Ski Resort reported 18 inches of snow over night. Kirkwood reported 9 inches of snow.

Chains or snow tires are required for most of Western Nevada routes, including Highway 395 from Indian Hills to Bridgeport.

Road controls are also in effect for Highway 208 east of Holbrook Junction to Yerington and Highway 88 south to the state line.

Kingsbury Grade and Highway 50 from Carson City to Stateline are also requiring chains or snow tires.

Snowy roads contributed to about eight minor collisions and motorist assists by 8 a.m., according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The NHP was working one crash with injuries on I-80.

Both Interstate 80 and Highway 88 through the Sierra were closed according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Traffic was being held for a short time on Highway 50 near Echo Summit on Sunday morning, but that cleared before 7 a.m.

National Weather Service Reno Meteorologist Tony Fuentes said motorists should expect travel to remain slow with chain controls.

“In addition to the snow, sustained winds will continue to be robust which will create low visibility problems in areas of blowing snow,” he said in the Sunday morning forecast update.

He said the storm is expected to clear out by Tuesday.

Nearly 50 Douglas County customers were without power early Sunday morning due to weather. Most of those customers were in Gardnerville, and had power stored before 6 a.m. As of 8 a.m. Sunday there were still three customers without electricity in the county.