125 mph winds disrupt I-80 travel Sierra Nevada

RENO, NV

The California Highway Patrol closed part of westbound Interstate 80 north of Lake Tahoe early today (Tuesday) after wind flipped a truck on its side and snow began to fall. As much as a foot of snow was expected in the upper elevations by tomorrow.

About five-thousand homes and businesses were without power at midday in Reno, where wind ripped off shingles, blew a school bus' door off its hinges and uprooted hundreds of trees, including a 70-foot-tall pine.

Wind also caused power outages for about 600 people in the Minden-Gardnerville.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport recorded sustained winds up to 63 mph, and more than a dozen flights were canceled. One gust topped 125 mph near the Mount Rose Ski Resort between Reno and Tahoe.

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