10 a.m. Sunday Update: Highway 50 reopens with maximum truck chain control

A winter storm warning for Western Nevada was downgraded to an advisory through 10 a.m. Sunday, while a blizzard warning at Lake Tahoe was reduced to a winter storm warning through 4 a.m. Monday.

Heavenly Mountain Resort, which reported 38 inches of snow overnight, opened at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Three of the four major routes through the Sierra remain closed this morning.

Traffic was held for avalanche control on Highway 50 between Meyers and Kyburz until around 6 a.m. Sunday, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Truck drivers are being screened at Meyers and Twin Bridges to ensure they have maximum chains for the trip over Echo Summit.

Interstate 80 has been shut down between Colfax and the Nevada state line by blizzard conditions since Friday night, while Highway 88 is closed from Picketts Junction over the Sierra.

CalTrans’ road information page suggests people take an alternate route, but with Highway 395 shut down from Bridgeport south toward Bishop, there really isn’t one.

Travel conditions were treacherous on Saturday as the storm continued with blowing snow across Western Nevada.

Rescuers responded to a blown over trailer on Jacks Valley Road at Alpine View 1:35 p.m. Saturday, while a jack-knifed semi snarled Highway 50 near Glenbrook around 5:45 p.m.

There was a flooding incident north of Kingsbury Grade near Carol Circle and Barrett when a snowplow hit a fire hydrant just after 3 p.m. Saturday.

For all the earlier concerns, Kingsbury didn’t close until Saturday night, and reopened around an hour later.

NV Energy crews cleared outages for all but two Lake Tahoe customers by Sunday morning.

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For all the concern the storm might close Kingsbury, it remains open though challenging as of 11 a.m. Saturday.

The same can be said for highways along the west side of Carson Valley.

A spot just north of Mottsville and Kingsbury Grade received 7.9 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service, while the Foothills near Fredericksburg received 6.5 inches. A spot a mile north of Genoa had 5 inches by 10 a.m.

A delivery truck driver led astray by GPS ended up stuck on westbound Genoa Lane right in front of the Pink House.

The driver tried to get out but was spinning his wheels as neighbors tried to help him get clear. Genoa, Muller and Foothill lanes were slick this morning. Foothill north of Muller was particularly bad and with blowing snow, easy to lose the road.

Road conditions in Minden and Gardnerville were much better with Highway 395 plowed and workers clearing the roads in the town.

Heavenly Mountain Resort reported receiving 20 inches of snow overnight. The resort opened at 10 a.m.

Chains or snow tires are required on Highway 395 south of Stephanie all the way to Topaz. The highway is closed between Lee Vining and Bridgeport in Mono County.

Progress has been made in restoring power, according to nvenergy.com in Douglas, with 117 customers without power.

Three dozen of those are in Minden, but most are at Lake Tahoe.

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Snow wasn’t the only thing to descend into Carson Valley from the Sierra on Saturday morning, so did the power outages.

It appears most of the 655 NV Energy customers without power in Douglas County’s section of Lake Tahoe were restored overnight, another 290 spread across 14 outages replaced them.

As of 5:30 a.m., 86 power company customers mostly along Foothill Road near the state line have been without electricity since 1 a.m.

The area around Minden had 72 customers without power while Lake Tahoe had 84 and the far north county had 29, in addition to minor outages elsewhere.

Nvenergy.com didn’t show an estimate for when power would be restored.

Slick conditions at Lake Tahoe resulted in four collisions near Highway 50 and Tamarack Drive between 3:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Despite predictions to the contrary, Kingsbury Grade remained open over night, though the Daggett Summit traffic camera shows a sedan left by the side of the highway.

Highway 395 is closed between Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport this morning, as is Interstate 80 from the Nevada state line to Colfax.

Chains or snow tires are required on Highway 395 south of Stephanie and on Highway 88 south into Alpine County.

Snow started falling in Carson Valley late Friday night though it’s difficult to tell how much, since it was fine, cold flakes that were easily windblown. That affected visibility, but hasn’t piled up as of 6 a.m. A winter storm warning remains in effect for the Valley and the rest of Northern Nevada until 10 p.m. today.

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There is no estimate for when power will be restored to 655 NV Energy customers at Lake Tahoe, but it’s a pretty good bet the storm caused the outage.

According to nvenergy.com, most customers lost power around 7:14 p.m. as blizzard conditions continue in upper elevations.

The storm closed Interstate 80 from the Nevada state line to the other side of Donner Pass. The California Highway Patrol reported that at least 20 vehicles were stuck on the freeway near Boreal.

Closer to Carson Valley, a semi truck spun out around 9 p.m. and got stuck in the mud along Highway 88 just on the other side of the state line in Alpine County. The highway was clear by 10 p.m.

One road that wasn’t closed at 10 p.m. was Kingsbury Grade, though blizzard conditions were visible on the Daggett Summit traffic camera.

Chain controls remain in effect for all routes in the mountains.

Temperatures in Carson Valley hadn’t cooled to the point where heavy rain became snow as of 10 p.m. Friday. A winter storm warning is in effect for Western Nevada.

Strong winds sent rain sideways through most of the evening with a gauge along Highway 88 between Mottsville and Centerville lanes recording a 58 mph wind gust at 6:20 p.m.


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