I-80 reopens over the Sierra | SierraSun.com

I-80 reopens over the Sierra

SCOTT SONNER
Associated Press Writer

RENO, Nev. ” Traffic is moving again on Interstate 80 over the Sierra after a potent winter storm dumped up to 6 feet of snow in the mountains and led to an avalanche that killed a veteran ski patrol member at a Lake Tahoe resort.

I-80, the main link between northern Nevada and California, was closed Tuesday night after whiteout conditions led to multiple spinouts and jackknifed trucks. It reopened around 9 a.m. Wednesday, but the California Highway Patrol warns travelers to be prepared for slow going, with chains or snow tires required.

U.S. 50 over Echo Summit also was closed early Wednesday for avalanche control but reopened by midmorning.

An avalanche at a California ski resort killed a veteran ski patrol member Tuesday at Squaw Valley USA.

Officials say 41-year-old Andrew Entin was working on avalanche controls about 8 a.m. when he was caught in a slide and partially buried.

Another member of the ski patrol dug him out while emergency crews responded to the scene, but he later died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

In the valleys of western Nevada, rain on Tuesday turned to snow overnight as temperatures dropped. Wet roadways turned to ice.

By dawn, up to 6 inches of snow blanketed the valley regions, depending on location. The Nevada Highway Patrol reported numerous accidents during the morning commute, but no serious injuries.

By midmorning, the sun was shining, a winter storm warning expired, and most valley roads were open with no controls.