Update: More than 5,000 homes and businesses without power

Thick snow clung to power lines and trees causing outages across Western Nevada on New Year's Day.

Thick snow clung to power lines and trees causing outages across Western Nevada on New Year's Day.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

Power outages continue to plague Douglas County, with 5,630 customers without power this morning, mostly due to the ridiculous amount of snow that fell over New Year’s Eve.

NVenergy.com is reporting 146 outages across the county.

A couple of Gardnerville residents reported seeing a bright green and pink flash near Centerville around 5 p.m. Saturday.

The outages are directly affecting around a fifth of the county’s population.

In Gardnerville, new outages accounted for around 150 of the reported 2,156 homes and businesses. Most of the rest aren’t expected to see power until around 4:30 p.m., according to the company.

Some homes in the area are reporting power was restored around 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

The northern portion of the county accounted for another 1,181 customers. Those that have been off since Saturday are getting restoration estimates of around 4:30 p.m.

Minden is showing 41 outages affecting 743 NV Energy customers without power with the same restoration time, while Genoa has five outages affecting 282 customers.

Lake Tahoe has just over 1,000 customers without power.

Multiple callers reported lines down in Gardnerville on Saturday after heavy wet snow accumulated in downtown.

At around 2 p.m. Saturday, NVenergy.com reported 2,825 homes and businesses without power in Carson Valley, joining more than 1,000 still without electricity at Lake Tahoe.

Sierra cement started coming down in Carson Valley around 9:30 a.m. and has not slowed down.

Slick conditions are reported on the roads, with at least one report of a vehicle sliding into the barrier in the Gardnerville S curve.

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Nearly 1,400 homes and businesses at Lake Tahoe are without power in 10 separate outages this morning, according to nvenergy.com

Glenbrook appears to be bearing the brunt of the outages with 811 customers, who lost power around 8:45 a.m.

The estimated time of restoration is 1:15 p.m. While the cause of the outages is under investigation, weather is the obvious suspect.

Tahoe residents have reported a few instances of lines down.

Around 460 customers along Highway 50 are also without power, but some of those should be restored by noon.


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