August 31, 2015
Winds to 128 miles an hour blasted the Sierra today while gusts over 70 miles an hour grounded planes in Reno and toppled trucks in western Nevada. Meanwhile, between 1,500 and 2,000 passengers are stranded as high winds are grounding flights.
All 11 airlines have delays or cancellations. Southwest composes 60% of flights out of Reno and is having the biggest effect on flight delays. If you have a flight question the best option is to call or log onto the website of the individual airline.
The strongest gust on Slide Mountain was recorded this afternoon, about the same time winds hit 81 miles an hour in Washoe Valley, closing US 395 between Reno and Carson City because of high-profile vehicle rollovers. The road has re-opened, with trucks and campers prohibited.
Winds in the 60 mile-an-hour range delayed arrivals and departures at the Reno airport and forced the cancellation of a US Airways flight to Las Vegas that was to have continued to Kennedy Airport in New York City.