The Latest: Winter storm warning for central Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the winter storm moving across northern Nevada (all times local):
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a stretch of central Nevada along U.S. Highway 50 in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The service says up to 9 inches is expected in the upper elevations with up to 4 inches in the valleys of southern Lander and Eureka counties, including Austin and Eureka.
A winter-weather advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday from central Nevada, east to the Utah line in parts of northern Nye and White Pine counties, including Tonopah, Ely, and Great Basin National Park.
A winter-weather advisory expires at 4 a.m. Tuesday across most of Elko County in northeast Nevada.
It’s all part of a band of snow that’s slowly moving from north to south. A much bigger storm is expected to move into the region on Thursday.
Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts are hoping a series of winter storms forecast across northern Nevada this week will help bolster the dismal snowpack in the Sierra amid one of the warmest winters on record.
Chains or snow tires were required Monday on U.S. Interstate 80 over the top of the Sierra and most of the major mountain passes around Lake Tahoe.
Forecasters said as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of new snow is possible in the mountains around Lake Tahoe by early Tuesday and several inches around Reno, with a much bigger storm expected by Thursday.
A winter-weather advisory was in effect until 10 p.m. Monday for the Reno-Tahoe area, where winds were gusting in excess of 60 mph early in the day, and until 4 a.m. Tuesday in northeast Nevada where as much as 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow is possible in the upper elevations around Elko.