Avalanche Closes Mt. Rose Highway for Several Hours

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RENO, Nev. -- A portion of the Mt. Rose Highway (SR 431) was closed for several hours Saturday due to an avalanche that sent snow across the lanes.

Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Janay Sherven says a snowboarder was there when it started just before 1pm.

"Today we had... a snowboarder jump off a rock and down a mountain," Sherven said. "[It] started an avalanche that covered the roadway on State Route 431. Luckily, he wasn't injured. He was covered in snow a bit, but we got him out."

Sherven told KOLO 8 News Now Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) crews then set charges in the snow. Blowing the charges triggered another, intentionally-set avalanche. NDOT crews then cleared snow from the road and re-opened the highway just after 3pm.


This is the sign drivers see as they leave the Truckee Meadows westbound on the Mt. Rose Highway.
Traffic is backed up on the Mt. Rose Highway after an avalanche in the area.
Traffic is backed up on the Mt. Rose Highway after an avalanche in the area.
This is snow removal equipment on the Mt. Rose highway... you can see on the right-hand slope where snow slide down the steep decline.



 
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