Driving remains dicey after snow as temperatures drop

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Driving remains dicey after snow as temperatures drop


Tuesday's winter storm dumped up to five inches of snow on Reno, causing dozens of accidents during the morning commute and slowing traffic on Interstate 80 over the Sierra.

Traffic accidents included one involving a school bus and another with a Nevada Highway Patrol cruiser, but there were no injuries reported.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Alex Hoon cautions that commutes for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning will be dicey as the temperatures drop.

"Watch out for black ice. Any areas that may have seen heavy snow that has not been plowed could have a lot of ice on it. Also, areas that have been plowed and maybe had some packed snow on it can also develop black ice as well."

Hoon says the area could see record-breaking low temperatures in the next few days.

"We're expecting some of the coldest temperatures we've had in years actually in the Reno area. We're looking to get down to zero or below zero in Reno and Sparks, and then some of the surrounding valleys are going to get down into the negative teens even."

The valleys north of Reno got the heaviest snowfall Tuesday with 6 to 8 inches of snow, while Carson City and Minden had 3 inches as of Tuesday at 4 PM. Lake Tahoe received just a couple inches.