RENO, Nev. (AP) — Day-long travel restrictions were lifted on U.S. Interstate 80 in the Sierra late Tuesday after a winter storm packing snow and winds in excess of 130 mph (209 kph) blew through the region, but more rough weather is on the way.
The National Weather Service upgraded a winter storm watch to a warning for the Reno-Tahoe area and much of the Sierra’s eastern front Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. when a more powerful system is forecast to bring up to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow on mountain passes and 2 feet (60 cm) on ridge tops.READ MORE: Stockton Police Officer And Suspect Dead After Shooting
Here are some remainders for those who may encounter snow during their travels this week. Remember snow levels will be quite low with the system arriving tomorrow night, dropping down to 2,000 feet at times! #CAwx pic.twitter.com/X3fu1d9UUj
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) January 15, 2020READ MORE: MLB Tells Oakland A’s To Start Exploring Other Cities As Howard Terminal Effort Remains Stalled
Less than a half-foot (15 cm) of snow was recorded at most Tahoe-area ski resorts Tuesday but dangerous winds battered the mountain tops and forced chain controls along about a 70-mile (110-kilometer) stretch of I-80 west of the California-Nevada line.
The National Weather Service says the strongest wind gust was 137 mph (220 kph) at Alpine Meadows near Tahoe City, California at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.MORE NEWS: Gov. Newsom Proposes $12 Billion In New Funding To House California’s Homeless
The neighboring Squaw Valley resort reported a gust of 124 mph (200 kph). An 85 mph (137 kph) gust was recorded at the top of Mount Rose near Reno and near Walker Lake at Hawthorne.