- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Winds are gusting to nearly 100 mph over the ridgetops of the Sierra Nevada, downing power lines in the Reno area and slowing traffic ahead of a major winter storm off the Pacific.

NV Energy reports more than 2,400 customers were without power in the Reno area before noon Thursday.

A winter storm warning remains in effect through 4 a.m. Friday around Lake Tahoe, where 1 to 3 feet of snow is expected at the upper elevations. Flood watches and warnings have been issued for many streams and rivers along the Nevada-California line.

The National Weather Service says winds gusted to 97 mph at the Mount Rose Ski Resort on the edge of Reno and reached 91 mph in the Washoe Valley between Reno and Carson City, where travel on Interstate 580 is closed to high-profile trucks and campers.

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