A very significant winter storm is winding down across western Nevada early Tuesday morning after dropping upwards of a foot of snow in areas only originally forecasted to see 2-4". Lake effect snows from Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake contributed to snowfall rates over 3-inches per hours at times. The heaviest snows moved out just before daybreak with only flurries and light snow showers in the Reno/Sparks areas by 6:30am.
National Weather Service Reno recorded 8 inches of snow in six hours with nearly 4" coming in a one-hour time (10p-11p Monday night) frame during the Tahoe lake effect band. Other areas in the Reno/Sparks vicinity recorded as much as a foot. The Reno airport set a daily record on Monday of 2.4" of snow, beating the previous 2.0" which stood for 100 years (since 1915).
This storm system will clear the region late Tuesday morning and take aim on the Colorado Front Range where blizzard warnings and winter storm warnings are in effect. From there, the storm system will create a mess of severe weather across the Midwest.
Video package shot in and just east of the city of Sparks, Nevada just before daybreak. Times roughly from 4:30am PST to about 6:00am PST.
Scene 1-2: Establishing shots along I-80 in eastern Sparks of the town sign with traffic behind it.
Scene 3: A DOT sign warning drivers to slow down due to ice and snow next to the Sparks Blvd exit sign.
Scene 4: Tight shot of highway DOT sign.
Scene 5-6: A car that went off the road into a ditch with emergency flashers on.
Scene 7: An SUV with a smashed front end sits on the side of a Sparks street.
Scene 8: Semis on the side of a highway near Sparks.
Scene 9: Two semis on the side of a highway near Sparks.
Scene 10: An I-80 entrance ramp sign with a semi on the shoulder in the background.
Scene 11: Tight shot of semi on the side of snowy shoulder.
Scene 12: Cop and a pickup truck on the shoulder.
Scene 13: Semi truck on the side of I-80 in eastern Sparks.
Scene 14: Semi truck on the shoulder of I-80 in Sparks.
Scene 15-17: POV driving shots on highways in Sparks during the snow.
Scene 18: POV driving shot following a plow pickup truck.
Scene 19-21: Snow plows clearing a parking lot of a strip mall in Sparks.
Scene 22-23: Blowing snow at a Sparks Blvd intersection.
Scene 24-27: Heavy snow falling in street lights.