- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Winds gusting in excess of 130 mph over the top of the Sierra knocked a truck on its side and downed power poles in Reno, and icy roads closed a 50-mile stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada near Elko ahead of a bigger storm packing potentially heavy snow.

A winter storm warning remained in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday for the Lake Tahoe area, where 1 to 3 feet of snow is forecast in the highest elevations and up to a half-foot at lake level. The warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday in the Elko area about 100 miles west of the Utah line.

I-80 remained closed Friday evening from Dunphy to Elko, where the Elko Daily Free Press reported authorities responded to more than 100 accidents and fender benders Friday afternoon, but no one was seriously injured.

Along the Sierra’s eastern front, sustained winds of 93 mph were recorded near the Mount Rose Ski Resort southwest of Reno with gusts to 135 mph shortly after 11 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.

High winds snapped six power poles along the Mount Rose Highway linking south Reno to Tahoe, and uprooted a 2-foot-thick tree in Carson City, the service said. More than 3,300 customers were temporarily without power in the Reno area Friday afternoon but fewer than 300 outages remained by 5 p.m., NV Energy said.

No one was hurt when the semi-trailer truck blew over on U.S. Highway 395 in Washoe Valley between Reno and Carson City.


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