Fast-moving storm makes for slow morning commute in the Sierra, Reno
RENO, Nev. – A fast-moving winter storm packing blustering winds made for slow driving conditions in the Sierra and around the Reno-area early today.
Chains or snow tires were mandatory on Interstate 80 west of Reno over Donner Summit. Travel restrictions also were in effect for the Mount Rose Highway southwest of Reno, Kingsbury Grade and all other roads around the Tahoe Basin.
About an inch of snow was reported at the lake itself, while the higher elevations reported 2 to 4 inches.
A high wind warning was posted for Washoe Valley, 14 miles south of Reno, where gusts in excess of 40 mph were reported.
The storm fell mainly as rain around Reno, though roads were slick and icy in some areas.
Slippery roads were blamed for a rash of fender benders on U.S. 395 north of the city near Golden Valley. No serious injuries were reported.
The wintry weather was expected to clear out by midmorning and make way for partial sunshine by afternoon with highs in the mid 40s.