Winter weather makes a comeback

The Associated Press
Monday May 20, 2002

RENO, Nev. — Don’t put away the winter jacket just yet. 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of Monday in the Lake Tahoe area, where snow was expected to force chain restrictions over Sierra passes. 

Through Tuesday, the weather service was calling for 6-12 inches of snow above 7,000 feet and 3-6 inches of snow below that from the late-season storm. 

“It will definitely seem like winter again,” said weather service forecaster Tom Cylke. “It’s not out of the question to see an inch or so of snow in Reno.” 

High winds in advance of the storm caused a blinding dust storm that triggered three separate injury accidents late Sunday afternoon on U.S. 50 about 20 miles east of Carson City, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported. 

The highway was shut down near Stagecoach after the accidents sent four people to a Carson City hospital with minor to moderate injuries, Trooper Pat McGill said. 

On Sunday night, troopers also responded to a nearby crash involving at least nine vehicles on U.S. 95A five miles south of Silver Springs, McGill said.