RENO, Nevada (AP) – Winter storms blasted freezing air and blinding snow across northern Nevada on Monday, affecting travel and business, with the Sierra Freeway passes closed Nevada, delayed and canceled airport flights and closed state offices.
Nevada State Police reported several accidents in the Reno and Lake Tahoe area, and Interstate 80 remained closed due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall between the state border of Nevada and Placer County, California.
Washoe County emergency management has increased avalanche danger to a high level for areas north of Lake Tahoe.
Several flights were affected Monday at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport due to the weather and COVID-19 understaffing across the country, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
Airlines have also canceled or delayed some departures at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, where the skies were clear, but forecasts indicated rain could arrive later in the week. Chain requirements have been lifted for vehicles traveling in snow-covered areas of Mount Charleston.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an order Sunday night directing non-essential state officials other than public safety and corrections personnel to stay at home on Monday.
Tire chains or four-wheel drive were required for vehicles on highways in the state of California and Nevada and on US 6 and 50.
US 395 was closed in Washoe Valley after at least two wrecks sent at least six people to hospitals, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said.
Weather and travel advisories were in place on most roads in northern Nevada, with Elko’s National Weather Service warning of difficult driving due to wind gusts above 64 km / h and the possibility of blowing snow and blowing snow.
The University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College have canceled operations and in-person classes on campus.
The Reno National Weather Service extended a Nevada weather advisory until 7 p.m. Monday.
The freezing cold is expected to stay for most of the week, with temperatures high in the Reno area in the 1920s and lows among teenagers. The low temperatures in northeastern Nevada had to be single digits.
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