LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More than 53,000 customers are without power in widespread power outages in the Reno area, and NV Energy advises that service might not be restored until Sunday afternoon.
A heavy storm hit the area Saturday night and caused highway closures on Interstate 80, U.S. 50 and U.S. 89.
NV Energy posted on Twitter: “A winter storm has caused multiple outages throughout the Reno and Tahoe areas. Our crews will work around the clock to restore power safely and as quickly as possible, but some customers could be out of power until Jan. 1, 2023. We apologize for the inconvenience.” The statement was posted at 6:31 p.m.
Since then, the only update has been through a Twitter exchange with a customer:
Customer: “Seriously are you guys not gonna update anything else?? Reno citizens are just going to be buried in snow and sit in the dark cold over new years?!”
NV Energy: “Our crews are working around the clock to restore power safely and as quickly as possible. We are bringing in additional NV Energy and contracted crews from southern and eastern Nevada to assist with restoration efforts. Again, we do apologize this is happening.”
A map on NV Energy’s website showed outages in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and extending along U.S. 50 to Fallon. Outages were also affecting Minden, Garnerville, Yerington and Fernley.
Forecasts called for 12 to 18 inches of snow in the foothills around Reno.
An update at 10:41 p.m. indicates 53,109 customers are affected by outages.
“Customers” can include single-family households, multi-family residences and businesses — so the outage is affecting far more than 53,000 people.