Snow snarls Reno traffic; 11 wrecks; I-80 reopens
January 16, 2012
RENO, Nev. (AP) – An inch of snow ended the longest recorded winter dry spell in Reno history early Monday, a 56-day stretch that began Nov. 20.
The old 54-day record dates to 1961.
Monday’s snow produced only .4 inch of precipitation at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. But it was enough to snarl traffic and force the closure of a stretch of Interstate 80 for several hours.
State troopers reported nearly a dozen accidents, including one involving a patrolman’s car. The trooper was out of his cruiser investigating a wreck near Lockwood when a semi-trailer struck it from behind.
Trooper Chuck Allen says no one was hurt in that crash but two people suffered minor to moderate injuries in other accidents. A 25-mile stretch of I-80 east of Sparks reopened about 7 a.m.