Pilot cars lead traffic through Washoe Valley; routes may close, NDOT says

Pilot cars are being used Monday afternoon through Washoe Valley and the Nevada Department of Transportation warns routes through the valley between Carson City and Reno could be closed Monday night due to weather.
“As 50 mph-plus wind gusts created limited visibility and sever winter driving conditions through Washoe Valley (Monday) morning, multiple vehicles slid off the roadway and other crashes occurred,” NDOT said in a news release.
“Pilot car traffic has led to hour-plus travel times through Washoe Valley. Motorists are advised to avoid non-essential travel through Washoe Valley.
“As temperatures drop this evening, wind-blown snow compacted by vehicle tires could lead to unpredictable and unanticipated icy spots on the interstate. For public safety, NDOT anticipates the potential of closing I-580 through Washoe Valley this early evening through (Tuesday) morning if necessitated by dangerous ice and wind conditions. Any potential decision to close the interstate will be made based on updated weather conditions, and with motorist safety as top priority.
“Alternate U.S. 395 through Washoe Valley may also close in both directions if necessitated by continuing icy conditions (southbound Alt. U.S. 395 is currently closed).
“Drivers should check www.NVRoads.com for up-to-the-minute highway conditions and potential closures before driving. Alternate state highway routes can be found by searching ‘state maps’ at dot.nv.gov.”


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