The Latest: Snow falling on I-80 on top of Sierra Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a storm blowing into the Sierra Nevada (all times local, PDT):
It’s still technically summer but snow is falling in the Sierra along the California-Nevada line.
California transportation officials posted a photo on the Caltrans District 3 Twitter account shortly after noon Monday showing snow accumulating on U.S. Interstate 80 at the top of Donner Summit about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Truckee, California.
Caltrans is urging motorists to slow down.
A strong cold front packing winds gusting up to 50 mph (80 kph) sent sending temperatures plummeting Monday across western Nevada.
The National Weather Service in Reno issued a red flag warning for most all of northern Nevada with the exception of the northwest corner of the state because of high winds and low humidity that will create dangerous fire weather conditions.
Gusty winds caused damage to a small airplane that was blown off the runway Monday morning at Reno Stead Airport north of Reno but no one was hurt.
Autumn doesn’t officially begin until the fall equinox next Monday.
A strong cold front packing winds gusting up to 50 mph (80 kph) is blowing into the Sierra, sending temperatures plummeting across western Nevada and bringing a chance of light snow to the mountaintops along the California line by Tuesday.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Monday for most of north-central and eastern Nevada due to gusty winds and low humidity that will create dangerous fire weather conditions.
Temperatures were forecast Monday 15 to 20 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) cooler than Sunday’s highs in the upper 80s and low 90s (low 30s Celsius).
The cold front should produce a band of rainfall Monday with a few isolated thunderstorms possible.
Wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph (80 to 96 kph) are possible in wind-prone areas of the U.S. Highway 395 corridor along the Sierra’s eastern front.