The Latest: 6 inches of snow, chain controls in Sierra

November 20, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on a winter weather system bringing snow and heavy rain to parts of Nevada (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Chain controls are in effect for the Mount Rose Highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe, where up to a half-foot of Sierra snow (15 centimeters) fell overnight on the mountain tops.

U.S. Interstate 80 was open without controls at noon Wednesday, but chain controls also were in effect on part of Geiger Grade near Virginia City and Kingsbury Grade near South Lake Tahoe, California.

Chains were required on all vehicles except four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive with snow tires on the Mount Rose Highway,

The Mount Rose ski resort southwest of Reno reported 6 to 7 inches (15 to 17 cm) of snow Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Snow also was falling at resorts on the south and north end of Lake Tahoe. But a winter weather advisory expired at noon and snow was expected to taper off Wednesday afternoon.


12:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central Nevada where as much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) is possible in mountain areas.

The advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. Thursday for parts of Lander, Eureka, Nye and White Pine counties.

Three to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm) of snow is expected at elevations above 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) with up to 3 inches (8 cm) below that level.

A winter weather advisory expired at noon Wednesday at Lake Tahoe and Mineral and Lyon counties as the cold front carrying heavy rain moved off to the east.

The service says .72 inch of rain (18 millimeters) fell at Lahontan Dam in Churchill County. Carson City received .41 inch (10 mm), Lovelock and Gardnerville about .3 inch (7 mm) and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport .12 inch (3 mm).


9:40 a.m.

Crews rescued two people from a wash with flowing water from rain runoff in Las Vegas where officials said water also caused an electrical short that set a school bus afire Wednesday.

The Fire Department said the people rescued from the wash weren’t injured and that the driver and the two children who were on the bus that caught fire got off safely and also weren’t injured.

The rainfall and runoff also snarled traffic and contributed to numerous collisions.

The National Weather Service said 0.35 inch of rain (9 centimeter) fell through 8 a.m., breaking a record set in 1963.