Freeway through Washoe Valley may close this afternoon
State officials have warned they may shut down the freeway through
Washoe Valley this afternoon and evening because of a storm which
could produce white-out conditions.
Trooper Chuck Allen of the Nevada Highway Patrol said troopers will
be posted at both the north and south ends of Washoe Valley to divert
traffic if weather conditions deteriorate as predicted by the
National Weather Service.
If that occurs, Allen said northbound traffic will exit at East Lake
interchange and use East Lake Boulevard to Washoe Hill where they
will rejoin the Highway 395.
He said Southbound traffic will exit at the Bowers Mansion turnoff
and use State Route 429 along the west side of Washoe Valley,
rejoining U.S. 395 at Lakeview Hill.
Allen said the primary danger is lack of visibility from blowing snow
and high winds.