- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The latest on the winter weather in northern Nevada and the Lake Tahoe area (all times local PST):

4:40 p.m.

Northern Nevada roads and highways continue to take a beating, first from floods in the valleys and now from mudslides and a blizzard in the mountains.

U.S. Interstate 80 has been closed since 5 a.m. Tuesday from the Nevada state line just west of Reno over the top of the Sierra west of Truckee, California.

A mudslide closed U.S. Highway 95 near Walker Lake about 10 miles north of Hawthorne Tuesday afternoon, and high winds toppled a semi-trailer truck north of Reno, temporarily blocking both southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 395.

Blizzard conditions forced the closure of the Mount Rose Highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe, as well as U.S. 395 south of the state line near Bridgeport, California, and California State Highway 267 near the Northstar ski resort south of Truckee.

State Route 446 near Pyramid Lake north of Reno remains closed indefinitely between Sutcliffe and Nixon after flood waters washed out the road early Monday and left behind a 50-foot crevasse.


3:50 p.m.

County officials on the Nevada side of the blizzard-bound Sierra are urging residents of two neighborhoods on Lake Tahoe’s north shore to stay indoors because of the high avalanche danger.

Washoe County emergency officials said in a snow emergency statement Tuesday afternoon that residents of Crystal Bay and Incline Village should shelter in place until conditions improve.

The National Weather Service says 30 inches of snow have fallen in Incline Village during the past 24 hours. Three to 7 feet is possible at lake level by Wednesday.

No avalanches have been reported. But county officials say that under similar circumstances, the Crystal Bay area near the California line has been hit by avalanches large enough to break trees and move cars.

The Sierra Avalanche Center has issued a high avalanche warning throughout the Tahoe area into Wednesday.


12:35 p.m.

Emergency crews still clearing flood debris from the streets of Reno and other Nevada cities started revving up the snowplows Tuesday as yet another fierce winter storm barreled into the state.

Snow and winds gusting up to 100 mph on ridgetops over the Sierra Nevada are expected to cause whiteout conditions, and a section of U.S. Interstate 80 was closed. Multiple feet of snow are forecast around Lake Tahoe on top of the 6 feet that fell there last week. And the National Weather Service added a rare blizzard warning to an avalanche warning already place through Wednesday in the Lake Tahoe area.

Crews worked through the night into Tuesday morning in Reno and Sparks to clear tree branches and other debris that cluttered roads and closed several bridges after significant flooding Sunday and Monday.

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