High winds trigger Reno power outages ahead of Sierra storm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Strong, gusty winds toppled a semi-trailer truck and triggered power outages at more than 4,000 homes in the Reno area on Wednesday ahead of another winter storm blowing into Lake Tahoe are and much of the Sierra Nevada.
Between a foot and 2 feet of snow (30 to 60 centimeters) was forecast in the upper elevations of the mountains around Tahoe Thursday into Friday. Up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow was possible in the valleys and as many as 4 inches (10 centimeters) in the foothills around Reno, Virginia City and the Carson Valley south of Carson City, the National Weather Service said.
Only a few dozen NV Energy customers in Washoe County were still in the dark Wednesday evening after nearly 5,000 had been without power due to equipment damage during the peak winds beginning about 4 p.m. More than 4,200 of those were in the Stead area north of Reno.
Winds were gusting up to 40 mph (64 kph) at Reno-Tahoe International Airport when a semi-trailer truck overturned on U.S. Highway 395, but were no reports of any injuries.
A winter weather advisory remained in effect at Lake Tahoe until 4 a.m. Friday, and until 4 a.m. Thursday in Reno, Sparks and Carson City.
The heaviest snow was expected at Lake Tahoe Wednesday night and late Thursday afternoon. As much as 20 inches (50 centimeters) of snow is possible north of Reno along the Nevada-California line and in Susanville, California, where the advisory runs 4 a.m. Friday, the weather service said. It said whiteout conditions are possible over mountain passes in the Sierra.