Sandoval Sends State Workers Home Amid Snow Pileup

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval is sending non-essential state workers home early across much of northern Nevada after a winter storm dumped a half foot of snow on the region.

The early release affects workers in Carson City, Douglas, Storey, Lyon and Washoe counties.

Sandoval wants them to get an early jump on Tuesday evening's commute given the icy conditions in sub-freezing temperatures.

A winter storm warning expired at 4 p.m. but not before about 5 inches of snow made a mess of Reno roads and highways. Up to 8 inches was reported in the foothills around Reno-Sparks.

Schools dismissed early and about a dozen flights were canceled at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Chains or snow tires are still required on most mountain highways, including I-80 from the Nevada line to Truckee, Calif.