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High winds cause delays at Las Vegas airport

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 18:53:19-05

A strong winter storm system has brought blizzard conditions to Northern Nevada and plenty of wind to the southern part of the state.

The Las Vegas valley is under a high wind advisory through 9 p.m. Saturday while areas just outside Las Vegas, including the mountains and Nye County, are under a high wind warning. The gusts in the valley could reach 55 mph while in the mountains could be above 70 mph. 

The high winds delayed flights at McCarran Airport on Friday. 

A blizzard warning has expired but the National Weather Service says whiteout conditions are still possible around Lake Tahoe where 3 feet of snow already has fallen and winds gusting to nearly 150 mph shut down Interstate 80.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday around Tahoe where up to another 20 inches of snow is possible.

Four feet already has fallen at Mammoth Mountain south of Yosemite National Park. A 146 mph gust of wind was recorded Thursday night atop Squaw Valley resort on the north end of Tahoe.

Three feet of snow was measured at the Mount Rose ski resort near Reno.

I-80 reopened Friday morning but chains or snow tires are required. School was canceled and state offices are closed.