High winds cause Tahoe power outages, close 2 ski resorts

Tue, Jan 19, 2021 (11:02 a.m.)

RENO — Strong winds in the Sierra have caused multiple power outages and shut down at least two Lake Tahoe ski resorts for the day.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning through 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Lake Tahoe area, where gusts in excess of 130 mph (209 kph) are possible over the top of Sierra ridges.

Heavenly and Kirkwood mountain resorts announced they would not open Tuesday due to the winds.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported a tree limb fell on a house in South Lake Tahoe, California overnight and about 1,300 residences were without power around the lake.

NV Energy said on its web site about 1,200 homes and businesses were without power Tuesday morning in northern Nevada.

Winds gusting up to 45 mph (75 kph) at lake level at Tahoe were forecast to subside as the day goes on.

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