A potent winter storm that barreled into the Sierra overnight spilled into western Nevada before dawn today, creating slick driving conditions for morning commuters.
Chains or snow tires were required across the region, including
a 70-mile stretch of Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and U-S 50
over Echo Summit. Conditions early in the day were not much better
in the valleys around Reno and Carson City, where travel
restrictions also were in effect.
By midday, most main streets and highways in the Reno area were
clear but wet. Snow accumulations ranged from an inch or two near
downtown to up to 8 inches along the foothills and farther south.
Ski resorts around Lake Tahoe reported up to 18 inches of snow
overnight and heavy snow continued throughout the day. The National
Weather Service says higher elevations could see more than 2 feet
of snow before the storm moves out by Wednesday.
A winter storm warning was extended until 6 p-m for the Lake
Tahoe region and 4 p-m for the Reno-Carson City area.