- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 7, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Latest on the winter storm dumping heavy snow in the Sierra and rain in western Nevada (all times local PST):

10:15 a.m.

A major winter storm that has dumped more than a foot of new snow in the Sierra has also dropped up to 3 inches of rain around Lake Tahoe and triggered a rock slide that temporarily closed part of U.S. Interstate 80 west of Reno near the California-Nevada line.

Authorities report heavy rains flooded city streets in Carson City on Tuesday and caused a mudslide that closed southbound U.S. Highway 395 at the U.S. 50 on-ramp.

A mudslide also blocked part of Highway 89 north of Reno near Graeagle, California.

In Fernley, high winds downed a tree and a power line closing a stretch of State Route 828.

Winds gusting up to 147 mph were reported over the Sierra ridgetops southwest of Lake Tahoe.

More than a foot of new snow was reported at all Tahoe ski resorts, with 20 inches at Mount Rose southwest of Reno.

Nearly 5 inches of rain was reported near Alpine Meadows southwest of Lake Tahoe, more than 4 inches at California’s Plumas Eureka State Park north of Reno, 3 inches at Incline Village, 2.5 inches in Verdi west of Reno and 2 inches at South Lake Tahoe.


A major storm packing a triple threat in the Sierra has prompted warnings for potential avalanches in the mountains, floods in the valleys and high winds across much of western Nevada.

School was delayed two hours Tuesday on the north end of Lake Tahoe, where a half foot of new snow has fallen at area ski resorts.

Chain controls have been lifted on Interstate 80, but part of the Mount Rose Highway remains closed.

The National Weather Service says winds are gusting up to 145 mph over the mountain tops.

A flood warning has been issued for much of the Sierra’s eastern front, including Reno, Sparks and Carson City, as well as parts of Storey, Douglas, Lyon and Pershing counties.

An avalanche warning remains in effect for the Tahoe area and much of the Sierra through 7 a.m. Wednesday.

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