Multiple crashes after snowfall hits Western Nevada |

Multiple crashes after snowfall hits Western Nevada

by Kurt Hildebrand

Winter driving tips from NDOT:

Winter Driving Safety

On average, more than 2,000 crashes occur statewide every year due to unsafe driving in snow, ice and other wet conditions, such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or failing to maintain a lane and overcorrecting. In winter weather, motorists are reminded to drive slowly for conditions and leave space between their vehicle and others. Wearing a seat belt and focusing on the road are other important driving tips for any type of weather.

Updated state road conditions, from winter road closures to traffic and road incident information, are available by dialing “511” or logging on to before driving. Drivers can also check to view live traffic cameras. Winter driving safety tips are available at


· Remove snow and ice from all vehicle windows, mirrors and lights prior to driving

· Only travel in winter weather when absolutely necessary, and leave early to provide enough time to safely reach your destination

· Slow down on winter roads- speed limits are based on road and weather conditions

· Keep a safe distance from other vehicles

· Watch carefully for snow removal equipment

· Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, as they may be icy

Check before you go:

Tires Brakes Lights Battery Wipers Defroster Heater Vehicle Fluid Levels

Carry with you:

Tire chains Flashlight Ice scraper Snow shovel First Aid supplies

Extra clothes/gloves Blanket Flares Non-perishable food/water

Road Conditions


Chains or snow tires are being required across Western Nevada after an early morning snowfall, just in time for Thanksgiving travelers to return home.

The Nevada Highway Patrol was responding to nearly a dozen traffic incidents in Washoe County and Carson City around mid-morning.

In Carson City, up two inches of snow was reported.

Residents in Genoa and Johnson Lane reported up to 4 inches of snow on Sunday morning, while in the Sierra, Heavenly Resort reported 9 inches.

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, road controls are in effect on Highway 395 north from Bridgeport all the way through the Pine Nuts to Carson Valley.

Chains or snow tires are also being required over Kingsbury Grade, on Highway 88 from the state line to Minden and on Highway 50 from Carson City over Spooner Summit.

While the web site is not responding this morning, conditions may be obtained by calling 511 or 1-877-687-6237.

Carson Valley remains under a winter weather advisory through 10 a.m. today. According to the National Weather Service most snow showers are south of Highway 50.

Forecasters said snow-covered roads could cause travel delays, with conditions expected to improve by later morning.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting a big rig and three vehicles stuck at Conway Summit with no chains.