Stormy Weather: Conditions run gamut in Carson City
May 26, 2012
Carson City saw it all Friday: Snow, snow pellets, hail, lightning and thunder.
And of the storm that’s expected to finish blowing through today, the north end of town may have caught it the worst, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.
“We pretty much got the full gamut of precipitation types,” meteorologist Scott McGuire said Friday.
He said one spotter near the Carson City Airport reported about an inch-and-a-half of snowfall and a brief period of intense lightning in what may have been the strongest part of the storm.
Carson City sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Cullen said that between about 1 and 2 p.m., when the falling precipitation seemed heaviest, his deputies responded to four traffic accidents, all minor. The rest of the day was otherwise quiet, he said.
Trooper Dan Lopez with the Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command, which covers northwest Nevada, said troopers saw about four times as many accidents as they usually do in the morning. They responded to 20 crashes between 7:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m., when normally they’ll see between two and five, he said. The 20 included four roll-over accidents near Fernley. No one was seriously injured, he said.
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“This kind of rolled up and caught everyone off guard,” he said of the weather front.
While Friday had the brunt of the storm, there’s still a 40 percent chance of rainfall in Carson City today, with an expected high temperature in the mid-50s, according to the weather service.
McGuire said the showers will be “hit and miss” as far as where rain falls in the region, but nonetheless, today is “definitely not going to be the nicest day to be outside.”
However, Memorial Day is still on track to be beautiful, with temperatures expected to be at or above what’s usual for the season, McGuire said.