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Lombardo sounds alarm as blizzard hits northern Nevada

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(The Center Square) – Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo is asking northern Nevadans to take action ahead of a winter storm in the region.

“I strongly urge Nevadans to prepare for the significant winter storm approaching Northern Nevada,” Lombardo said in a statement on Thursday.

“This storm is expected to bring dangerous temperatures and conditions to our state, and it’s critical that Nevada families are prepared. As we coordinate preparedness efforts, my office is in communication with law enforcement, the Nevada Department of Transportation, NV Energy, and Nevada Division of Emergency Management / Homeland Security to maximize preventative measures and recovery efforts,” he continued.

A blizzard warning for the Greater Lake Tahoe Area began on Thursday morning and is scheduled to end on Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, as well as other areas along the northern California-Nevada border in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS added that the weather is an “extreme risk” and that the conditions could be “life threatening” from Friday night to Saturday morning.

In a news release, the governor’s office is urging drivers to call 511 before getting on the road, make sure residents have enough supplies to get through the weekend, and that people are aware of emergency alerts. Since it is a mountainous region, the governor’s office also linked information about avalanches.

Meteorologists estimate that there could be up to 10 feet of snow, according to Fox Weather. For those who enjoy winter sports, the Lake Tahoe area is typically busy this time of year for tourists.