Winter in northern Nevada this year has been underwhelming to say the least. The lack of precipitation has been almost as striking as years where the area is pummeled by extreme weather. As shown in this post on Operation Haylift, some winters stick in the memory more than others. 1931-1932 was another memorable winter.
At the end of January and beginning February 1932, a series of massive snow storms hit Nevada, shutting down travel throughout the northern part of the state. This shutdown spanned well over a month. Substantial snow accumulation accompanied by freezing temperatures led to a difficult situation for individuals and businesses alike.
One company particularly affected by the snowstorm was the Nevada Company, based out of Austin, Nevada, which held interests in many different industries from mining to railroads. Two of its largest interests were the Nevada Central Railroad and the Nevada Central Motor Lines/Hiskey Stages. These companies provided much of the transportation of people and goods for that part of the state, including the mail service.
J. M. Hiskey, general manager of the Nevada Central Motor Lines, sent a series of telegrams to individuals describing the extreme weather. His telegrams and letters paint a vivid picture of the dangers as well as the isolation caused by the storms.