Schools closed, travel discouraged as heavy snow falls in Reno area

Jessica Wong

This story is part of the Reno Gazette Journal’s essential weather safety coverage and is being provided for free. Please consider subscribing to support our work. 8:30 a.m. update: Mt. Rose ski resort closed Wednesday due to the blizzard conditions and high winds in the forecast. Some, such as Loie Cunningham Mosher […]

This story is part of the Reno Gazette Journal’s essential weather safety coverage and is being provided for free. Please consider subscribing to support our work.

8:30 a.m. update: Mt. Rose ski resort closed Wednesday due to the blizzard conditions and high winds in the forecast.

Some, such as Loie Cunningham Mosher and her mother Cari Cunningham took advantage of the weather by skiing down Walker Avenue early Wednesday. Nearby, a man snowboarded down Walker Avenue as well. 

Loie Cunningham Mosher skies down Walker Avenue with her mother Cari Cunningham Jan. 27, 2021.

ORIGINAL: All schools are closed and travel is discouraged Wednesday as a major winter storm slams the Reno/Tahoe area.

The National Weather Service reported 7.5 inches of snow at its North Reno office as of 4 a.m. Wednesday. 

Chains or snow tires are required on all area highways and interstates, and Highway 88 is closed from 3.5 miles east of Silver Lake to Kirkwood due to avalanche control.

Vehicles over 9 feet high are prohibited on Interstate 580 from Old U.S. 395 to Mt. Rose Highway due to high winds.

Winds are expected to reach 45 mph on valley floors and higher in the Sierra.

Several inches of snow fell in the Reno/Sparks area Jan. 27, 2021, with up to another foot on the way.

Another foot of snow is expected to fall in Reno through Thursday morning, with up to two feet in the Minden/Gardnerville area. Mountain passes will see several feet of snow.

Washoe County, Carson City and Douglas County school districts have all cancelled classes for the day. Incline Village schools will also be closed on Thursday.

The Washoe County emergency manager has issued an avalanche warning for residents in Incline Village and the Third Creek area of Crystal Bay.

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A man snowboards down Walker Avenue in southwest Reno Jan. 27, 2021.

According to the Nevada Department of Education, snow days are not considered “days in school” regardless of the digital ability to provide remote instruction. Therefore, snow days can’t be shifted to a 100% distance or remote learning day and will need to be made up at the end of the school year.

All Truckee Meadows Community College online classes and remote operations will continue as scheduled. However, TMCC physical locations including the child care center are closed. All face-to-face classes and on campus operations are cancelled.   

University of Nevada, Reno will continue main campus operations and open offices as scheduled.

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