Update: Highway 395 reopens to passenger vehicles south to Bridgeport

To update:

As of 7:30 am, Highway 395 is open to tracked passenger vehicles after being closed overnight. according to the California Department of Transportation.

The freeway was closed through most of Mono County Tuesday night due to heavy snowfall and whiteout conditions.

Semi-trucks and big rigs are still barred from US 395 between the intersection of State Route 203 and the Nevada State Line.

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Highway 395 is closed through most of Mono County due to heavy snowfall and whiteout conditions.

The freeway is closed at 7:30 p.m. from the intersection of Gorge Road north of Bishop to the intersection of State Route 182 in Bridgeport, according to the California Department of Transportation

The freeway is also closed to all traffic except local traffic at the Nevada state line.

The National Weather Service in Reno issued a statement warning motorists of the potential for slippery roads as temperatures drop tonight.

“Afternoon temperatures were kept low thanks to ample cloud cover and snowfall throughout the day,” weather forecasters said. “As the sun sets, air temperatures and road surface temperatures will continue to drop during the nighttime hours. Surfaces that were previously wet can freeze and create very dangerous driving conditions.”

In addition to the Sierra and northeastern California, black ice can also form on road surfaces throughout much of western Nevada.

“The greatest threat will be bridges, elevated roads, and side and side roads that may not have been pre-treated,” the statement said. “It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to tell if a surface you’re driving on is wet or frozen. When approaching an area of ​​icy ice, reduce your speed significantly and try to avoid sudden braking or acceleration as this can result in a loss of ice traction. Leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles.”

State offices were closed after the Nevada Department of Transportation and Nevada State Police reported worsening weather conditions, falling temperatures and potentially dangerous road conditions.

As a result, all state executive offices have closed effective 3:30 p.m. today in Carson City, Washoe County, Storey County, Lyon County and Douglas County. This order does not apply to essential public safety or correctional personnel, nor to personnel whose duties include the administration of elections and/or election security or support.

Western Nevada College has decided to close its Carson City campus at 4:00 p.m. today and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday due to poor weather conditions and safety concerns.

Closing and reopening times are also followed by the college’s Child Development Center.

College officials decided to close early this morning as conditions were expected to deteriorate after sunset to allow students and staff additional travel time home.

The two-hour delay in Wednesday’s opening will allow college staff to clear snow and ice from the campus so it’s safe when students, staff and visitors return.

For the latest college closure and delay notices, please visit the top of the WNC home page at

A snowstorm hit Gardnerville around 9 a.m. Tuesday and dropped 2 inches of snow before lunch.

Minden weather observer Stan Kapler said he received 3 inches by 11 a.m. A mile north of Genoa, 6 inches of snow fell across the course from six hours on Tuesday.

The storm came with light snowfall, but conditions quickly deteriorated, prompting the Nevada Department of Transportation to issue chain or snow tire requirements on Highway 395 from Indian Hills to Topaz Lake.

Chains were mandatory in the mountains around Lake Tahoe except for four-wheel drive vehicles with winter tires.

A winter weather warning is in effect until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

A school bus with 15 students on board slid into a parked vehicle at the Kahle Community Center above Lake Tahoe around 9 a.m

A truck blocked a southbound lane of Highway 395 while chaining up at 10 a.m

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