The Latest: Storm warnings blanket Nevada; Tahoe blizzard
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the hazardous weather throughout Nevada (all times local, PST):
The entire state of Nevada remains under hazardous weather warnings, watches and advisories into Friday, including a rare blizzard warning at Lake Tahoe, winter storm warnings in northeast Nevada to the Utah line and a high-wind alert in Las Vegas.
As much as 5 feet (1.5 meters) of new snow is possible in the upper elevations of the Sierra around Tahoe, where more than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow fell Thursday.
Whiteout conditions closed nearly 100 miles (160 kilometers) of U.S. Interstate 80 for several hours west of the Nevada-California line and chains or snow tires were required Friday evening on all major highways over the mountain passes.
The blizzard warning remains in effect for the Tahoe area until 4 a.m. Friday with wind gusts in excess of 100 mph (160 kph) in the forecast. A winter storm warning continues there until 10 a.m. Saturday.
In Reno and Carson City, a winter weather advisory is set to expire at 10 a.m. Friday. But a storm warning continues until Saturday afternoon in north-central and northeast Nevada. The National Weather Service says more than a foot of snow is expected in the Ruby Mountains near Elko.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of northeast Nevada through noon Saturday ahead of a dangerous storm moving into the western part of the state.
A rare blizzard warning remains in effect until 4 a.m. Friday in the Lake Tahoe area, where winds are expected to gust up to 125 mph (200 kph) and as much as 5 feet (1.5 meters) of new snow is possible in the upper elevations.
School was canceled Thursday on the lake’s north shore at Incline Village. The Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee, California also issued a backcountry avalanche warning Thursday throughout the Tahoe area.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday for Reno, Sparks, Carson City and much of the Sierra’s eastern front.