UPDATE: Lemmon Drive was reopened at 2 p.m.

City of Reno closed Lemmon Drive this morning to allow Washoe County crews to run a pipe across the road and accelerate the pumping of water out of clogged culverts and ditches.

The road is closed at Waterash Street and Lemmon Drive, and traffic is rerouted to Tupelo, which runs parallel to Lemmon Drive. Water is pooling in driveways but no homes are currently in danger of flooding. The road will reopen this afternoon.  

“We have been working around the clock to clear debris in ditches and increase our pumping capacity, and closing the road to traffic will allow us to get ahead this morning,” Dylan Menes, senior engineer for Washoe County Community Services Department, said.  

The Fantail area of Cold Springs is also experiencing some pooling of rainwater, but no roads are closed and crews and continuing to monitor the area. 

Farther north, a dirt portion of Winnemucca Ranch Road has washed out about a mile past the end of the blacktop. Washoe County crews are en route to close the road.  

The snow level has dropped to approximately 5,200 feet, so rain turning to snow will help slow down potential flooding, and snow plows were stationed around the county last week in anticipation of this storm.  

Incline Village has already received nearly two feet of snow and Washoe County crews are plowing along priority routes. Residents in the Incline Village/Crystal Bay area can track plows in real-time with the county’s online “Where’s My Plow” function.  

Residents should remember that Washoe County is responsible for non-city streets, and works hand-in-hand with the City of Sparks and City of Reno to ensure the whole area is serviced during winter weather. Check out this “Lend a Hand” tip sheet for ways to help keep roads clear and the community safe during storms.