Storm Brings Rain, Snow, Wind To Sierra

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A potent storm funneled by warm moisture from the South Pacific brought snow, rain and blustery winds Monday to the Sierra and northern Nevada.

A snow advisory that had been issued early in the day for the Lake Tahoe region was canceled by mid-afternoon, but not before some area ski resorts picked up 2-7 inches of new snow.

The National Weather Service said snow levels would remain high, at around 8,000 feet, where another 2-4 inches of snow was expected Monday night.

Lower elevations, including the Reno-Carson City area, received rain and wind as the storm moved in Monday afternoon.

A high wind watch was posted across northern Nevada and the Sierra through Tuesday.

In the Reno area, the weather service predicted steady winds of 20-30 mph and possible gusts to 50 mph would continue through the night and intensify Tuesday.

Gusts of 80 mph were forecast over the Sierra ridgetops.

Chains or snow tires were required Monday afternoon on the Mount Rose Highway Southwest of Reno, and California 88 was closed near Kirkwood Ski Resort for avalanche control.

Travel restrictions on other Sierra highways, including Interstate 80 between Reno and Sacramento, Calif., and U.S. 50, were lifted by midday.