Winter storms bring chain controls; Reno surpasses wettest water year

Winter weather has returned to the Reno-Lake Tahoe region, and is impacting area roadways with chain controls.

According to Sparks Police, at around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, southbound Sparks Blvd. from Los Altos Pwky. was reduced to one lane due to icy conditions.

New water record for Reno

With this week's storms bringing copious amounts of rain and then snow, Reno on Wednesday surpassed its wettest water year on record, tallying 12.74 inches of precipitation since Oct. 1, 2016, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. The previous wettest water year was 12.72 inches in 1982-83.

With that, News 4 Meteorologist Cassie Wilson reports that 93.82 percent of Nevada is now considered drought free -- this coming on the heels of a near 14-percent improvement last week.

Notably, there are still 221 days left in this water year, NWS Reno says.

Find a list of all chain controls in the region below:



  • I-80 from Truckee to Drum Forebay

For California road conditions, call 1-800-427-7623.


For Nevada road conditions, dial 5-1-1 or call 1-800-NV-ROADS.

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