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Much-needed snow to last a few days
by Jill Lufrano
Feb 27, 2012 | 1342 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Mary Robinson shovels snow from the sidewalk in front of her G Street house on Monday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Mary Robinson shovels snow from the sidewalk in front of her G Street house on Monday.
RENO — Motorist woke up to hazardous driving conditions during their commute Monday as snow fell throughout the Reno-Sparks region. The Nevada Highway Patrol reported a total of 35 vehicle accidents between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m., with eight people requiring medical condition.

No one was seriously injured, but the winter storm in the Sierra and on the valley floors made for a messy Monday morning commute.

“Of the total number of crashes this morning (between 5 and 9 a.m.), only two happened in the Carson City area; one was a property damage crash and the other had minor injuries,” NHP Trooper Chuck Allen said. “None of the calls involved serious or life-threatening injuries. The rest of NHP-Northern Command West region remained crash-free.”

NHP troopers were dispatched to or saw 11 disabled vehicles and 14 others had spun out of control. A large number of calls for service resulted in longer than usual wait times for tow truck operators throughout the area, Allen reported.

The largest problem area this morning included both directions of the six-mile section of U.S. 395 between the Glendale Avenue and Golden Valley interchanges. On the northbound section of the highway at 6:15 a.m., several vehicles lost traction on the icy roads near the north McCarran Boulevard interchange resulting in large commercial vehicles to lose forward momentum, stalling all traffic at times.

About a foot of new snow was reported near the Mount Rose ski resort between Reno and Lake Tahoe. Four inches of snow was reported at Incline Village and in Washoe Valley. One to three inches fell in and around Reno and Sparks. Carson City got an inch.

The storm is headed east into Utah with another on the way Wednesday, the National Weather Service predicts. A trough of low pressure is swept south over the northwest U.S. that brought increased moisture and colder temperatures to the Sierra and Western Great Basin.

Snow showers continued over the Sierra and western Nevada on Monday. Upper level low will dropped south during the day, allowing snow showers to continue through the afternoon over the Sierra and far western Nevada. Accumulations ranged from one to three inches on the valley floors north of Highway 50 with two to four inches expected in the Sierra foothills.

In the Lake Tahoe basin, accumulations were expected to range from four to six inches at lake level with up to a foot of snow possible along the ridges. A winter weather advisory was in effect for the Reno/Carson City area and the Tahoe Basin through Monday night.

Low pressure over the Aleutian Islands will reach the Oregon Coast tonight. Winds will increase ahead of the system tonight in the Sierra and western Nevada and persist into Wednesday. A period of heavy snow is likely in the northern Sierra late tonight through Wednesday.

A winter storm watch is in effect for western Lassen County south to the Tahoe Basin, where a foot or more of snow is possible in the higher elevations and a foot or less below 7,000 feet in the Tahoe Basin. A high wind watch is in effect along U.S. 395 from Reno south through Mono County. Gusts up to 60 mph are possible in the watch area, with gusts to 70 mph in wind prone areas and Sierra ridge gusts over 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Winds and Snow will impact travel through Wednesday. The National Weather Service warns drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions.
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