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Big Winter Storm Hits Northern Nevada

A Sierra storm packing winds gusting in excess of 130 mph over the mountain tops snapped huge trees, closed ski resorts around Lake Tahoe and caused more than 5,000 power outages around Reno and Carson City.

NV Energy reported more than 3,000 customers in Carson City and nearly 2,000 in Reno-Sparks were without power at noon Friday as the winter storm blew into the area after a record high of 70 degrees in Reno the day before.

An undetermined number of homes also were without power north of Tahoe after high winds sparked a brush fire at a power substation in Truckee, California. No injuries were reported.

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The National Weather Service says a 134 mph gust was recorded early Friday near the Mount Rose Ski Resort, which closed Friday along with Alpine Meadows and Northstar.
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