Weather Authority: Snow brings snarled traffic and increased avalanche danger

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**Updated 3-16-18**


  • All Washoe County Schools
  • All Carson City schools
  • All Storey County schools
  • All Douglas County schools
  • Bishop Manogue
  • UNR is on a 2-hour delay with classes beginning at 10 a.m.
  • TMCC is closed
  • WNC in Carson City is closed
  • Tahoe Truckee Unified
  • Incline schools are on a digital day
  • Newton Learning Center
  • Sparks Goddard Private Preschool
  • Sunflower Preschool
  • Sierra Nevada Academy
  • St. John's Children Center
  • His Kids Preschool
  • The King's Academy
  • Summit Ridge Christian School
  • Our Lady of Snows
  • Pebbles Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Noah's Ark Child Center
  • High Desert Montessori Charter School
  • Doral Academy of Norther Nevada
  • Alpine County Schools are on a 2-hour daly
  • Brookfield School
  • St. Albert
  • Little Flower


The latest wave of winter weather has arrived in the Sierra and is set to bring both rain and snow.

It could indeed be a “Miracle March” in Reno. This current storm is, so far, the 4th snowiest March storm in Reno history.

  1. 29’’ in March of 1952
  2. 21.2’’ in March of 1907
  3. 20.1’’ in March of 1918
  4. 18.3’’ so far in March of 2018

The storm is expected to wrap up about mid-day Saturday.

Washoe County Emergency Management issued a 'stage 2' avalanche alert due to current and forecasted weather conditions Friday afternoon.

"A Stage 2 warning means that a significant storm has arrived and should it continue, may produce avalanches that could affect homes and facilities in the Crystal Bay/Third Creek areas. No avalanche danger currently exists, however, it may be only a matter of 4 to 6 hours before it does. Residents who wish to leave their homes, should do so in the next few hours. Snow removal personnel will begin to wrap up their work," according to a statement from Washoe County.

Pedestrian and recreational activity in these areas is not recommended, per authorities. Crystal Bay residents are also told to prepare for limited access on the following roads: Upper E. Tuscarora, Teresa Ct., Gochute, Amagosa, N.Pahute and the Wassou entrance at Highway 28.

For a complete storm timeline and latest weather info, click here.

  • Governor Brian Sandoval has authorized a two hour delay for state office employees in Washoe, Lyon, Storey counties and Carson City. State employees who live in affected inclement weather areas may use up to two hours of administrative leave
  • Storey County offices are closed except for the clerk's office
  • Reno City Manager Sabra Newby has authorized a two hour delay for non-essential City of Reno employees
  • Government offices in Carson City are on a two-hour delay
  • Washoe County offices are open
  • Sparks City Hall is closed
  • Mt. Rose Ski Resort will open with a delayed start at 11 a.m.


  • Chain controls are in effect on I-80 from Drum Forebay to Truckee
  • Mt. Rose Highway has reopened, but chains or snow tires are required
  • Chains or snow tires are required from the Spaghetti Bowl to the California/ Nevada state line
  • Hwy. 89 from Truckee to Squaw Valley has reopened following multiple spin outs.
  • SR 88 over Carson Pass has reopened
  • Traffic on Hwy. 50 near Meyers is being held for avalanche mitigation

To find out which roads the City of Reno will prioritize for snow removal, click here for the map or scroll through the document below (pgs. 20-38).

Click here for NDOT's up-to-date road impacts, and here for Caltrans.

City of Reno - Snow Removal Maps by Kristine Brown on Scribd

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