Up to 2 feet snow expected atop Sierra; Reno rain
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The first significant winter storm in nearly two months is bringing heavy snow to the Sierra and much needed rain in Reno and surrounding valleys with more precipitation in the forecast.
More than a half foot of snow was reported at Lake Tahoe, where schools were closed and a winter weather advisory remained in effect until 4 a.m. Friday.
Up to two feet of snow is expected at the upper elevations of the Sierra.
Six inches of snow was reported Thursday morning at Gardnerville, five inches in Lyon County's Smith Valley and three inches in Carson City.
The state highway from Reno to Virginia City was temporarily shut down while snow plows worked to clear the way to a half dozen minor traffic accidents on the slippery mountain road.