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Mountain Storm Knocks Out Power And Delays Travelers

CalTrans Web Cams / National Weather Service
 

CalTrans Web Cams / National Weather Service

As thousands of travelers hit the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday, a storm is dumping rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada and the Lake Tahoe region.

Forecasters say a cold front is also bringing wind gusts that are knocking out power. Three thousand Nevada Energy customers near Reno and Carson City lost power before noon Tuesday. Tahoe is expected to get eight inches of snow at lake level.

Eric Kurth is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

"The visibility is really getting very very poor. It looks like there's really a lot of trouble already," says Kurth. "I'd really discourage travel if possible, at least put it off until tomorrow or preferably on Thursday."

Kurth says the storm could bring up to two feet of snow in the higher peaks as well as some snow in the foothills. It's forecast to taper off this evening but a second wave of precipitation will hit tomorrow.

"I would still travel with chains and be aware that we are still getting some snow showers and it's going to be low elevation snow. So even some of those foothill communities might be seeing showers through the day. So just be prepared for cold, snow and expect possible delays."