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Staggering snow totals recorded at Lake Tahoe


RENO, Nev. — The Latest on the winter weather in northern Nevada and at Lake Tahoe (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

Some staggering snow totals are coming in from the Lake Tahoe area that's been battered by a blizzard since Monday night.

The Kirkwood ski resort south of the lake reported Wednesday it has received 4 feet of new snow in the last 24 hours for a seven-day total of more than 11 feet.

More than 4 feet of new snow also was reported Wednesday at Sugar Bowl near Donner Pass on U.S. Interstate 80.

Northstar near Truckee, California got 42 inches of new snow with more than 10 feet over the last seven days. The Mount Rose ski resort southwest of Reno reported 2 feet of new snow with a storm total of more than 9 feet.

Rain totals in the valleys have been just as impressive. A torrential downpour late Tuesday and early Wednesday dumped 2.25 inches of rain in southeast Reno. The National Weather Service says that area has received nearly 9 inches of rain the past week.

Gardnerville got another 1.4 inches of rain early Wednesday for a seven-day total of 8.5 inches. That's more than a third of the 20 inches it averages on annually.

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9:30 a.m.

More than 25,000 homes and businesses remain without power in the Sierra and around Lake Tahoe as crews try to repair power lines downed by toppled trees and mudslides.

Liberty Utilities spokeswoman Kathy Carter says power was restored early Wednesday to about 1,700 of their customers in South Lake Tahoe, California.

But power outages continue to affect about 20,000 customers on the west and north shores of the lake, and from Truckee north to Portola, California.

Carter says crews worked through the night after numerous large trees fell through the power lines late Tuesday.

NV Energy says it has restored power to about 3,000 of the 10,000 customers who lost it early Wednesday on the Nevada side of the lake around Incline Village.

An avalanche affected about a dozen homes on the lake's west shore near Alpine Meadows ski resort Tuesday afternoon, but no injuries were reported. An avalanche warning remains in effect throughout the region through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

8: 15 a.m.

A power outage has hit more than 10,000 customers in northern Nevada where a blizzard in the Sierra and continued flooding in some valleys continues to wreak havoc on the region from Lake Tahoe to rural Storey County.

About half of the outages were reported Wednesday morning in the Incline Village area on Tahoe's north shore where more than 3 feet of snow has fallen and the avalanche danger remains high.

About 2,000 homes are without power in south Reno along the Mount Rose Highway in the Arrowcreek area.

6:50 a.m.

A blizzard warning remains in effect at Lake Tahoe and some unexpected rain has prompted more flooding in parts of northern Nevada, including Reno, Sparks and Carson City.

Another half-foot or more of snow is in the forecast Wednesday at Tahoe, where more than 3 feet already has fallen and the avalanche danger remains high.

The National Weather Service says winds gusting to 100 mph over Sierra ridgetops are starting to die down, and the blizzard warning will be downgraded to a winter storm at 10 a.m.

More flooding shut down some city streets overnight in Sparks and southeast Reno. Flooding also was reported in Dayton, Carson City and other parts of Douglas County.

School was canceled for the second day in a row at Incline Village. Classes start two hours late in the rest of Washoe County.