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Storm dumps record snowfall in Carson

The snowstorm that pounded Carson City on Sunday night and Monday left the region with frigid temperatures that are expected to continue through today.

The storm dumped about 14 inches of snow in Carson City, according to the National Weather Service in Reno - potentially an all-time high for the month of December, said Rudy Cruz, a weather service specialist for the NWS. He said the next highest monthly record was Dec. 28, 1964, when the capital got 12.3 inches.

All that snow made for slick driving conditions on Monday, shutting down the Jump Around Carson bus service, closing schools across the region and sending government workers home early.

While police reported no major accidents in Carson City because of the snow, there were dozens of reports of disabled and stuck cars.

Despite being closed in Lyon County, schools reopened in Carson on Tuesday as road conditions improved. Eleven plows and two graders focused on primary and secondary roadways such as Roop Street, Saliman Road and Long Street on Monday and Tuesday, said Ken Arnold, the deputy public works director for Carson City.

Residential roadways will "hopefully" get more attention today as well as the immediate streets surrounding downtown, he said.

And while the crews have been clearing the roadways night and day, "there's still a lot to do," Arnold said.

Today, the high temperature is expected to reach 36 with a low around 15. Thursday's high will be 35 with a 40 percent chance of snow by nightfall, according to the weather service.

By Saturday, rain and snow will be likely at 4,900 feet with a high of 41 and low of 24.

Carson City resident Danny Morrison, 57, was pushing his snow blower through a friend's snow-packed driveway Monday afternoon. He said the snowfall is the most he's seen in about a decade.

"It's not the worst, but it's pretty close, it's No. 2 probably," Morrison said.

The storm also brought up to 3 feet of snow in the Sierra and gave a rare dusting to the hills east of San Francisco.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Dec 9, 2009 01:46AM Published Dec 9, 2009 12:24AM Copyright 2009 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.