The lack of cold temperatures and moisture during this year’s winter has been rather unusual for the county. However, over the past two weeks the area has seen numerous storm cells moving through the county, bringing every form of precipitation with them. Pioche was hit hard with snow Saturday causing five vehicular accidents within a short time frame.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department reported the accidents started just before 1 p.m. Feb. 28, “when the big storm started hitting, and it started right there by Miller Point,” said Sheriff Kerry Lee. A vehicle going north on U.S. Highway 93, by mile marker 110, rolled over with three passengers. Only minor injuries were reported.
Just after 2 p.m., another vehicle rolled over by mile marker 117 with two juveniles. Only minor injuries were reported with no need for transport.
Just after 3 p.m., down SR 322 by the Echo Dam Road, a vehicle slid off the highway causing property damage, but no injuries were reported.
At 3:35 p.m., two elderly women had a rollover near mile marker 56. The occupants were given a ride to R Place, where the ambulance responded but did not transport the passengers. Only minor injuries were reported.
At 6 p.m., the evening ended with another vehicle sliding off the road near mile marker 101, north of the Beaver Dam Road. Only property damage was reported.
“There were some other slide-offs, a couple vehicles that blocked the road,” said Lee, but that the accidents, “kept us busy for two to three hours.”
Lee said it all happened so fast. “They were reporting good road conditions, and it changed within a matter of feet. It’s that time of year where you can be in areas that are sunny, then big cells move in and change it.”
Right before the first accident reported at Miller Point, he said, “a little hail hit right before the storm, and there was no warning of the road getting worse.”
For Monday’s storm, a vehicle was reported as a slide off with property damage, “in the Nye County area, but it was reported to us,” and ambulances transported passengers to Lund.
Sheriff Lee said, “You see the big dark cloud rolling in, and you don’t know if it’s snow, hail or rain. It’s best to take precaution and slow down.”