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post #1 of 2 Old 02-26-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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A fierce winter storm packing winds in excess of 100 mph and predicted to bring as much as 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow to the Sierra Nevada barreled into the West on Monday, toppling trucks and trees, triggering power outages and closing roads and schools from Oregon to Montana.

Up to a foot of snow already had fallen in parts of Oregon, cancelling flights in Portland. A blizzard warning was in effect in parts of Montana, where one school district canceled classes for the first time in two decades and whiteout conditions were reported in the Bitterroot Valley near Missoula.

Winds gusting to 110 mph were recorded at the summit of the Squaw Valley ski resort near Lake Tahoe, and up to 84 mph in the valleys along the Sierra’s eastern front where Interstate 580 was closed off-and-on between Reno and Carson City.

Two trucks overturned on I-580 and another on nearby U.S. 395 in the Washoe Valley, where one non-life threatening injury was reported. At one point as many as 6,000 NV Energy customers were without power in the Reno-Sparks area.

No new snow had fallen in the Sierra by Monday afternoon, but 2 to 4 feet is expected over three days, with 4 to 8 feet possible above elevations of 7,000 feet, including where U.S. Interstate 80 crosses the top of the Sierra at Donner Pass southwest of Truckee, California.

The latest storm will be a “marathon rather than a sprint,” the service said, in terms of accumulation with several wet feet of new snow expected over top of a drier layer of powdery snow through early Thursday.
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Wow, that's crazy! I hope orangputeh is OK, I believe that's his general area. Getting 4-8 feet of snow in a matter of days is something I can't quite imagine.

With high winds, you don't want to lose power if you also can't drive somewhere, even if it was just to get more gas. Otherwise it might come to rationing the generator usage.

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