A 70-mile stretch of Interstate 80 in the Sierra closed on Saturday when a strong storm that dropped nearly 2 feet of snow overnight in some ski resorts around Lake Tahoe caught its second wind.
A winter storm warning remains in effect through 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lake Tahoe, where the National Weather Service said there was more snow on the way – 1 to 2 feet more at sea level and up to another 3 feet at altitudes above 2,000 feet where winds could gust of more than 100 miles per hour.
I-80, which connects Reno to Sacramento, was closed in both directions due to poor visibility from the Nevada-California border to Colfax, California.
🎶 Racing through the snow in the snow … damn it!
I-80 is still closed in both directions from the Nevada State Line to Colfax. There is no anticipated time of the reopening. pic.twitter.com/D28EBrNX2E
– CHP Truckee (@CHP_Truckee) December 26, 2021
“The worst part of the storm is here, so expect long delays,” tweeted the California Highway Patrol in Truckee on Saturday afternoon.
The storm warning should expire on Saturday at 10 p.m. in Reno-Sparks and Carson City.
In Homewood on the west coast of Tahoe, 50 centimeters of snow fell from Friday evening to Saturday. About a foot (30 cm) has been reported at Northstar near Truckee, California and 10 inches (25 cm) at the Mount Rose ski area on the southwestern edge of Reno.
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