Sparks received a blanket of snow in time for Christmas as wintery weather swept east from the Sierra Nevada.
Motorists found treacherous roads and low visibility during the height of the storm last Thursday, with Interstate 80 closed for a time east of Sparks because of poor visibility and multiple car spin-outs and crashes.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Duncan Dauber said two NHP vehicles were damaged by skidding vehicles. No serious injuries were reported in the wrecks on the interstate.
The storm produced up to 2 feet of snow at Lake Tahoe ski areas and up to 5 inches in Sparks and Reno.
In Las Vegas, the National Weather Service heralded rare Christmas Day snow flurries with the posting, “Ho, ho, ho! Vegas got snow!”
Weather service meteorologist Chris Stachelski noted that the trace of snow recorded with rain showers at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas tied a Christmas Day record set in 1941, and tied in 1988 and 2008.
Nothing stuck on the sidewalks of the Strip, but some northwest Las Vegas neighborhoods received a dusting of snow.