The Latest: Nearly 2 feet snow in Sierra; worst has passed
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm moving through the Sierra and Nevada (all times local):
Nearly 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow has fallen in the Sierra and more is in the forecast through the holiday but forecasters say the worst of the weather appears to have passed.
Commercial trucks are prohibited in the westbound lanes, but U.S. Interstate 80 is currently open to passenger vehicles with chains and four-while drive vehicles with snow tires all the way from Reno to Sacramento.
A winter storm warning continues in the Tahoe area through 4 p.m. Thursday, but the National Weather Service has dropped the threat of blizzard conditions from the forecast.
Up to another 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow is possible at lake level with up to 18 inches (45 cm) at the highest elevations.
A winter weather advisory is set to expire at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Reno and Carson City areas, where up to 4 inches (10 cm) of snow has fallen and another couple of inches is possible.
Cold, blustery and snowy weather produced difficult travel conditions in much of Nevada on Wednesday, with a mixed outlook going into Thanksgiving and the next several days.
The National Weather Service office in Reno said travel in the Sierra and western Nevada will be difficult through Wednesday before conditions improve on Thursday. However, another round of snow is expected late Saturday.
Weather service forecasters in Las Vegas said snowfall from the “very cold and potent storm” would begin in mostly areas of central and southern Nevada late Wednesday before intensifying Thursday and early Friday.
The weather service said travel on interstates and other major highways in areas under a winter storm warning could be “extremely hazardous or impossible.”