114 mph wind gust in snowy Sierra; storm heads east
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Packing winds in excess of 100 mph (160 kph), a fast-moving winter storm that dumped about a half-foot of snow on the Sierra Nevada made its way Wednesday across the northeast part of the state where the forecast called for icy roads and several inches of blowing and drifting snow.
A winter weather advisory was set to expire at 4 p.m. in Lander, Eureka and Elko counties but remained in effect through 10 p.m. Wednesday in White Pine County, where 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of snow was expected at Great Basin National Park along the Utah line.
Five to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) of snow was possible in the upper elevations of the mountain ranges in Elko County.
Chain controls were lifted over most of the Sierra passes around Lake Tahoe after a few inches of snow fell in the valleys as well, slowing the morning commute in the Reno-Sparks area and leaving nearly 1,600 residents without power at one point.
The National Weather Service reported a 114 mph (183 kph) gust of wind late Tuesday on Slide Mountain near the Mt. Rose Ski Resort southwest of Reno. Wind gusts topped 100 (160 kph) at Squaw Summit and Alpine Meadows. Washoe Valley registered a gust of 86 mph (138 kph) between Reno and Carson City, the service said.
Reno police officer Tim Broadway said authorities responded to multiple crashes and spinouts on icy roads throughout the area early Wednesday but no serious injuries were reported.
NV Energy reported about 160 customers still without power Wednesday afternoon after more than 1,500 had been in the dark earlier, mostly in western Reno.
Some parts of the Lake Tahoe area received between 2 and 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of snow at lake level with generally 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) at area ski resorts.