Lake Tahoe Braces For Snow, Possible Avalanches

The Mount Rose Highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe reopened late Wednesday afternoon for the first time since an avalanche buried it in 20 feet of snow Monday night. The old mark for a 12-month water season was 12.72 from October 1 1982 to September 30 1983.

The weather service lifted a flash flood warning in the rural town of Dayton east of Carson City where emergency managers had raised concerns about a stormwater holding pond overflowing.

The highway is closed from Douglas Fir to Fairview in both directions. Tire chains were still required on most mountain passes, authorities said. Reno's annual rainfall averages about 7.4 inches.

The Mount Rose ski area was closed Tuesday.

The Mount Rose Highway was closed after the avalanche was reported about 9:15 p.m. Monday.

Sunny skies prevailed across the region Wednesday, but another storm is in the forecast for the weekend.

The new round of rain and heavy snow is the latest in a series of record-breaking winter storms in the same area that saw flooding last week.

But Lyon County Manager Jeff Page told The Associated Press Tuesday night that no evacuations were ordered and there was no threat to the 40 or 50 homes in that area southwest of U.S. Highway 50 on the east side of town.

Commuters in Reno are encountering icy and snow-covered roads after a winter storm moving through the area dumped just over 10 inches of snow in some parts of the city overnight. Almost an inch of rain fell Tuesday at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, breaking the old record of three-quarters of an inch set in 1936.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Mt.

The weather service said unsafe driving conditions could be expected on mountain passes, with snow levels ranging from 8 inches in lower elevations to almost 5 feet in higher elevations.

  • Larry Hoffman