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Precipitation record set in northeast Nevada after storm

January 20, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A winter storm moving through eastern Nevada after dumping a foot of snow (30 centimeters) in the Sierra set a precipitation record in the north-central part of the state on Friday, and a winter storm warning was in effect near the Utah line where 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) was forecast in the upper elevations.

The liquid equivalent of .41 inches (10 centimeters) recorded Friday at the Eureka Airport about 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of Reno broke the old record of 0.3 (7 cm) set in 1983, the National Weather Service said. The liquid equivalent is the water left over from rain and melted snow.

The storm moved off its expected path north of U.S. Interstate 80 as it headed for Utah and was following a more southern route along U.S. Highway 50 through southern Lander, Eureka and White Pine counties.

The weather service cancelled a winter weather advisory for northern Elko County but issued a winter storm warning in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday for the central region, including the Ruby Mountains south of Elko and Great Basin National Park east of Ely along the Utah line, where up to a foot (30 cm) of snow is possible in the mountains.

A winter storm warning expired in the Lake Tahoe region Friday afternoon. The weather service said 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow was recorded Thursday night and early Friday at the Northstar ski resort near Truckee, California and about 10 inches (25 centimeters) at Mt. Rose southwest of Reno. Up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) was reported at Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe, California.

At Tahoe’ s lake level, more than 5 inches (13 centimeters) of snow and an inch (2.5 centimeter) of rain was recorded on the west shore at Tahoma, California.

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