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(Northstar California via AP). Hotels near massanutten ski resort In this photo provided by Northstar California, skiers enjoy the view while riding on the Vista Express at the Northstar California resort in Truckee, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. Nearest ski resort 3, 2017. Winterplace ski resort cabin rentals The Sierra Avalanche Center has issued …

RENO, Nev. Largest ski resort in us (AP) – Stiff winds toppled a towering evergreen tree into an Oregon home, killing an 8-year-old girl, while blizzard conditions closed major highways and triggered a small avalanche in the Sierra Nevada on Wednesday as wet winter storms pummeled much of the West.

The child, Zaylee Schlect, was the daughter of a volunteer firefighter who was working during the storm that downed trees throughout the state on Tuesday night. Ski mountain resort She was killed in Otis, a town near the coast. What is a ski resort Others inside the home were uninjured, authorities said.


All major Sierra passes were closed Wednesday night, including a 50-mile stretch of U.S. Heavenly ski resort trail map Interstate 80 – from about 50 miles east of Sacramento, California, in the foothills near Colfax to Truckee, about 30 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada.

“We are looking at near white-out conditions,” Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said earlier Wednesday when they closed the only state highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe.

Workers planned to trigger man-made avalanches along the Mount Rose Highway and plow the road again before reopening it late Wednesday or Thursday. Jay peak ski resort Earlier, a small avalanche briefly trapped three vehicles on an access road at a nearby ski resort, but no one was hurt.

“Just a lot of slide-offs and roadway conditions that are just horrendous – really treacherous,” he said. Hotels near whitetail ski resort Even cars with chains were getting stuck and sliding off the road, he said.

The storm, which was making its way toward Utah and the Rockies, could be a boon for drought-plagued California by boosting the snowpack that provides about a third of the state’s water in normal years when it melts in warm, dry months.

Flash flood watches were issued for most of the Sierra along the Nevada-California line, where the National Weather Service said the potential for another 6 to 12 inches of rain would create serious flooding concerns into the weekend.

Some highways flooded in the San Francisco Bay Area, and mud and rockslides were reported in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ski resort ratings The San Lorenzo River was swollen and the Big Sur River was also above flood stage.

Elsewhere, the snowiest day in nearly a century was recorded Tuesday in Medford, Oregon, where more than 8 inches fell at the airport, according to the National Weather Service. Solitude ski resort Eleven inches of snow fell on a December day in 1919.

Snow was also falling in Wyoming, where a winter storm warning was posted for much of the Interstate 80 corridor, including Cheyenne. Killington ski resort lodging Heavy snow was also expected in Colorado.

In New Mexico, forecasters said a blustery winter storm will produce significant snowfall and strong winds across much of the northern and eastern parts of the state beginning late Wednesday and peaking early Friday.

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