by Joey Crandall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Snow started to fall on the Valley floor a little after noon Tuesday, and is quickly accumulating. We’ll be taking note of traffic conditions and snow accumulations through the remainder of the day right here. Please check back, and feel free to share any photos you might have with us. Send them to email@example.com or post to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cvalleytimes
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UPDATE: (5:15 p.m.) The snow has subsided in the Ranchos, having dropped about 2-3 inches throughout the area. Crews are tending to a two-vehicle accident at Centerville and Waterloo with one patient. Roads are very slick out there, and won’t get less slick overnight.
UPDATE: (4:00 p.m.) Report of a vehicle vs. school bus accident. NHP being called to respond. Haven’t caught a location on it yet. It sounds as though there are no injuries. It may be in Alpine County. And, for whatever it is worth, the Winter Storm Warning has expired for the area.
UPDATE: (3:40 p.m.) Snow plows working the west side of the Valley and mountain roads. Preparing to sand Foothill Road.
UPDATE: (3:30 p.m.) Issue at the traffic light is snow covering the motion cameras. Also, according to NDOT, chains or snow tires are required essentially on all highways leading into and out of the Valley on the west side. This includes 395 into Carson, 88 into Alpine, Spooner and Kingsbury. You can keep an eye on the most current road conditions at http://nvroads.com/
UPDATE: (3:25 p.m.) Record-Courier is reporting that crews are working on the traffic light at 88 and Mottsville. Also, DMV offices are closing around Northern Nevada this afternoon due to the storm. White-knuckled 16-year-olds scheduled to take their driver’s tests this afternoon are breathing a collective sigh of relief.
UPDATE: (3:20 p.m.) Photos starting to come in from around the area:
UPDATE: (3:00 p.m.) Traffic light on 395 (They’re saying at Muller Parkway?) isn’t cycling through for southbound traffic. Traffic is backed up to Genoa Lane.
UPDATE: (2:50 p.m.) We’re measure about 2 solid inches in the Ranchos. How about where you are?
UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.) Snow is starting to cover over the side streets and it is SLICK! Can’t be said enough, please be careful out there this afternoon, evening and tonight!
UPDATE: (2:18 p.m.): Western Nevada College Carson City and Douglas campuses will close today (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. due to icy road conditions. The Fallon campus will remain open.
UPDATE: (2:10 p.m.) Responding officers are trying to free the car in the Cradlebaugh accident from the embankment without having to call a tow truck. Estimated removal from the tow company (via the scanner): $200-plus.
UPDATE: (2:02 p.m.) Crews are looking for an opening to scrape and sand 395 and 88. We’re also hearing snow just started near Topaz Lake and picking up quickly – courtesy of Jonni Hill.
UPDATE: (1:53 p.m.) Traffic accident single vehicle through a fence on the north-bound side of Highway 395 just north of Cradlebaugh Bridge. No injuries. Medical response being cancelled.
UPDATE: (1:50 p.m.). Still snowing heavily in the Ranchos. Crews are tending to the roads around the area, but the pavement accumulation isn’t much to speak of yet. Lot’s of moisture, though, with the temperature currently set at 25 degrees. It’s going to get very slick when the sun sets. Please take care out there as you drive home!
UPDATE: (1:30 p.m.): Nevada Department of Transportation’s road controls web site is reporting chains or snow tires required on Highway 395 through Wednesday morning from Gardnerville to Stephanie Way on Highway 395. Chains or Snow Tires also on Spooner and 395 from Stephanie to Fairview. Kingsbury Grade also. You can view updated road conditions here: http://www.nvroads.com/
UPDATE: (1:15 p.m.) Snow is accumulating rapidly in the Ranchos, and around the Valley. Whiteout conditions are being reported from several areas, including Diamond Valley.