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Storm packing excessive winds, heavy snow blows into the Sierra – The Washington Submit


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RENO, Nev. — A winter storm packing excessive winds and probably a number of ft of snow blew into the Sierra Nevada on Saturday, triggering hundreds of energy outages in California, closing a mountain freeway at Lake Tahoe and prompting an avalanche warning within the backcountry.

The storm is predicted to convey as a lot as 4 ft (1.2 meters) of snow to the higher elevations round Lake Tahoe by Monday morning, the Nationwide Climate Service mentioned.

A 250-mile (400-kilometer) stretch of the Sierra from north of Reno to south of Yosemite Nationwide Park was underneath a winter storm warning at the very least till Sunday.

“Journey will probably be very tough to inconceivable with whiteout situations,” the climate service mentioned in Reno, the place rain began falling Saturday.

A flood advisory was in impact from Sacramento to the California coast close to San Francisco.

The U.S. Forest Service issued an avalanche warning for the backcountry within the mountains west of Lake Tahoe the place it mentioned “a number of ft of latest snow and robust winds will lead to harmful avalanche situations.”

A stretch of California Freeway 89 was closed on account of heavy snow between Tahoe Metropolis and South Lake Tahoe, California, the freeway patrol mentioned. Interstate 80 between Reno and Sacramento remained open however chains have been required on tires for many autos.

Greater than 30,000 clients have been with out energy within the Sacramento space at one level Saturday morning. It had been restored to all however about 3,300 by noon. However forecasters warned winds gusting as much as 50 mph (80 kph) may convey down tree branches and energy strains later within the day.

About 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow already had fallen at Mammoth Mountain ski resort south of Yosemite the place greater than 10 ft (3 meters) of snow has been recorded since early November.

“It simply looks like each week or so, one other main storm rolls in,” resort spokeswoman Lauren Burke mentioned.

The storm warning stretches into Sunday for many of the Sierra, and doesn’t expire till Monday round Tahoe.

As a lot as 18 to twenty-eight inches (45 to 71 centimeters) of snow was forecast by way of the weekend at lake degree, and as much as 4 ft (1.2 meters) at elevations above 7,000 ft (2,133 meters) with 50 mph (80 kph) winds and gusts as much as 100 mph (160 kph).

On the Sierra’s japanese slope, a winter climate advisory runs from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. for Reno, Sparks and Carson Metropolis, with snow accumulations of 1 to three inches (2.5-7.5 cm) on valley flooring and as much as 8 inches (20 cm) above 5,000 ft (1,524 meters).

Related Press reporters Olga Rodriguez in San Francisco and Julie Walker in New York Metropolis contributed to this report.

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