Traffic not too bad, but slow moving |

Traffic not too bad, but slow moving

F.T. Norton
A hitchhiker walks north on Highway 395 in front of the Northgate Shopping Center.

MOUND HOUSE — In spite of the snow, there were no major accidents reported during the day shift operations of

the Lyon County and Carson City sheriffs offices, officials said.

Carson City Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrin Sloan said while officers responded to a number of stranded

motorist calls, there were no injury accidents in the city.

“We had drivers try to go over medians where the snow was piled up and get stuck. The bad

part is tow trucks are an hour and a half wait, so we basically just pushed them out,” he said. “We had no accidents, but that’ll probably change tonight.”

Sloan cautioned drivers to stay below the posted speed limits on the snow covered streets.

“If its posted 25 and there’s snow out like today, they should drive 10 mph,” he said. “What

will happen is they’ll bump into somebody and we’ll show up and give them a ticket for driving too fast for conditions.”

Lyon County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Veil said officers there have also been responding to help

stranded motorists or for small fender-bender type accidents.

“We’ve had a couple minor accidents. It’s been slick roads everywhere throughout the county.

We got well over a foot of snow out here in Silver Springs,” he said.

A Nevada native, Veil said its been several years since he’s seen snowfall like what was

dumped on the region overnight.

“I know when I was a kid it used to snow like this quite often, but in the last 10 to 15

years I haven’t seen it like this with just one storm,” he said.

According to Trooper Chuck Allen with the Nevada Highway Patrol dayshift troopers responded to

149 motorist assists calls which include spin outs, disabled vehicles, and motorists who became stuck or stalled in a travel lane. Allen said Carson City and Lake Tahoe saw a majority of those with 77.

In all, NHP responded to 17 accidents.

He said from 5 p.m. Sunday to midnight, troopers responded to 36 accident reports.

There were no accidents reported to the NHP between midnight and 5 a.m.