Temperatures dip, vehicles slip
Even though winter is well on its way, it seems drivers have not adapted to it. California and Nevada Highway Patrol officials reported a large number of minor traffic accidents over the weekend but no serious injuries. Despite the icy conditions and the continued snow showers, many drivers still didn’t slowing down.
“We’ve had a least six accidents since noon,” said Officer Chenoweth of the California Highway Patrol around 3 p.m. Sunday. “Nothing major, just fender-benders. They’re just not prepared for snow driving and they’re driving way too fast.”
The weekend highway havoc will not last long though. Conditions should clear up by the beginning of the week said Mark Brown, weather specialist at the Reno Regional Forecasting Center.
“Temperatures should be in the mid-20’s Monday, sunny in the morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon,” Brown said. “There will be a chance of snow showers in the night and early morning Tuesday, but not much, just a dusting.”
Daytime temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday should range in the 20’s, Brown said, and night temperatures around 5 below zero.
There was definitely a bright side to the weekend snowfalls as skiers and snowboarders enjoyed a fresh layer of powder that revitalized slope conditions after last week’s warm snap.
“We probably got about 1 foot of snow,” said Tania Magidson, communications manager at Kirkwood Ski Resort. “We started slow Sunday because Highway 89 was closed until 10 a.m. for low visibility. It was definitely not a bad weekend although we could only open the front side of the mountain Sunday because of wind and snow. Saturday we were open 100 percent.”
Heavenly Ski Resort recorded about 7 inches of fresh snow over the weekend and opened approximately 95 percent of the mountain, despite high winds and limited visibility Sunday morning.
“The only closed runs are some of the double diamond, really expert runs,” said Molly Cuffe, Heavenly communications coordinator. “Sunday was a bit on the trying side, we had to delay opening some of the lifts in the morning because of the wind but by afternoon everything was running.”
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