Heavy snow in Sierra Nevada closes roadways, prompts cautions

Friday, March 16, 2018|3:18 p.m.

RENO– It’s a snow day in northern Nevada, where heavy build-up from a late-winter storm closed schools and public buildings in the Reno location, postponed opening a ski resort in the Sierra Nevada and triggered the closure of Interstate 80 to California.

Nevada Highway Patrol Cannon Fodder Matthew McLaughlin the interstate was closed Friday in between the Nevada state line and Colfax, California.

Mount Rose Highway also was closed during the morning, and Mount Rose Ski Area opened late.

The National Weather Service provided winter season storm and avalanche cautions for backcountry mountains, and meteorologist Evan LaGuardia said the 10 inches tape-recorded at Reno-Tahoe International Airport pushed the monthly accumulation to the fourth-most in last 100 years.

LaGuardia says another storm is due next week.

McLaughlin reported multiple reports of vehicles skidding off roadways in the Reno area, but stated no major injuries were reported.

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