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Cautions blanket Nevada as winter storm gains strength

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Randy Pench/ The Sacramento Bee by means of AP

Heavy winds blow snow as Ryan Foster, 25, scrapes snow from his cars and truck in the parking area where he lives at the Donner Top Lodge in Norden on Thursday, March 1, 2018, near Donner Top, Calif. A significant winter storm swept south through California on Thursday, bringing heavy snow and strong winds to mountains and steady rain somewhere else, while triggering necessary evacuations for seaside areas to the south that were devastated by lethal mudslides in January.

Thursday, March 1, 2018|9:10 p.m.

RENO– All Nevada remains under hazardous weather cautions, watches and advisories including an unusual blizzard warning at Lake Tahoe, winter storm cautions in northeast Nevada to the Utah line and a high-wind alert in Las Vegas.

As much as 5 feet of snow is possible in the upper elevations of the Sierra around Tahoe by late Friday, where more than a foot of snow fell Thursday and schools were closed on the lake’s north shore in Slope Town and Truckee, California.

Whiteout conditions closed almost 100 miles of U.S. Interstate 80 for a number of hours west of the Nevada-California line and chains or snow tires were needed Thursday night on all significant highways over the mountain passes.

The blizzard warning remained in impact for the Tahoe location until 4 a.m. Friday, when the heaviest snow is anticipated with wind gusts possible in excess of 100 miles per hour. A winter season storm warning continues there up until 10 a.m. Saturday.

“Travel will be tough to difficult,” the National Weather condition Service said Thursday afternoon.

“In some locations, road closures, damage to some trees and power lines is likely. Be gotten ready for considerable decreases in visibility to near zero sometimes, especially in greater elevations … You might be stuck in your lorry for many hours,” the service said.

In Reno and Carson City where rain and light snow fell Thursday, a winter season weather advisory is set to end at 10 a.m. Friday. But a storm warning continues till Saturday afternoon in north-central and northeast Nevada. The National Weather condition Service says more than a foot of snow is anticipated in the Ruby Mountains near Elko.

In Southern Nevada, a high-wind warning continues till 4 a.m. Saturday from Pahrump and Beatty, to Pioche, Caliente and Panaca near the Utah line.

A wind advisory continues until 4 a.m. Saturday for the Las Vegas area, where Clark County health authorities have actually released an air quality alert for Friday due to the possibility of raised levels of blowing dust in winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour.