UPDATE: 29 inches of snow at Donner Pass; I-80 remains open west of Reno


RENO, Nev. — More than 2 feet of snow snarled traffic in the Sierra where a winter storm warning remains in effect until 11 p.m.

But a stretch of I-80 that closed overnight reopened Monday reopened and floodwaters receded in Reno, where record rainfall flooded local streets and caused a high school to close.

The storm packing winds gusting up to 90 mph dropped 29 inches of snow on Donner Pass where I-80 tops the Sierra.

Schools were closed Monday at Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s north shore, where up to 18 inches snow fell. The weekend of rain pushed the water level at Lake Tahoe back above the natural rim.

Chains are also required on I-580 between Reno and Carson City.

Heavy wet snow is expected in the mountains until Monday night, particularly in higher elevations but lighter around Lake Tahoe.

According to the weather service, flooding is a concern, particularly in or near areas scarred by wildfires.
More than 3 to 5 inches of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours around the region.

Reno High School also was closed due to water damage. Up to 5 inches of rain was reported in the valleys north of Reno and a record 2.5 inches of rain fell in 24 hours at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Commuters cautiously drive around a flooded section of Peach Avenue on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Clovis, Calif. A massive storm barreled toward Southern California on Monday after flooding highways, toppling trees, cutting power to about 380,000 utility customers and causing rock slides and mud flows in areas burned bare by wildfires across the northern half of the state. (John Walker/Fresno Bee via AP)

More than two feet of snow fell on the upper elevations of Mammoth Mountain, with more on the way. The ski resort announced it will open for the season this Friday, Oct. 29, two weeks earlier than anticipated. It’s the second-snowiest October on record, trailing only 2004, according to the resort.

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