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WCSD snow day Monday, flights delayed

by Staff

This story will be updated.

7 p.m. update:

The University of Nevada, Reno has suspended in-person classes and nonessential operations Monday for all facilities in Washoe County, including the Redfield and Lake Tahoe campuses, and Douglas County and Carson City.

All web and web-live classes, and remote operations will continue as scheduled.

Reno Sparks Indian Colony nonessential employees will have a two-hour delay Monday due to hazardous road conditions.

5:30 p.m. update: The Washoe County School District has called a snow day for Monday, Feb. 5. It comes as snow fell Sunday, with more than a foot of snow falling in some areas. The Reno Tahoe Airport said Sunday night it had received 8 inches of snow with 1 to 2 inches more expected today.

This will be the second snow day this school year for the district. The additional snow day Monday means the last day of school for the district is now Tuesday, June 11.

Three contingency days — June 10, 11 and 12 — were built into the 2023-24 calendar to be used as makeup days for any school cancellations. A school delay, unlike a snow day, does not need to be made up.

The Carson City School District has also canceled classes Monday.

Interstate 80 was still open Sunday night. Chain controls westbound were in effect at the Nevada/California state line.

Original post: More than two dozen Reno-Tahoe International Airport flights are delayed, canceled or have been diverted amid a winter storm hammering the region.

Flights were being turned around as the storm dumped as much as 2 feet of new snow by late afternoon in areas of Reno and Sparks.

“We are seeing many delays, some cancellations and a few diversions,” according to Nicolle Staten, public affairs coordinator for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. “Delays, cancellations and diversions are at the discretion of the airlines and their pilots. “

The airport estimated about 7 inches had fallen by late afternoon.

Staten recommended passengers check flight status information at renoairport.com.

“The snow is heavy and our snow removal and operations teams are working quickly to maintain a safe and operational runway,” she said.

The airport said two snow teams of 12 people on 12 hour shifts and 30 pieces of snow removal equipment are working.

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