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High winds scour Carson Valley

A semi truck lies on its side along Highway 88 after being blown over by high winds near the Nevada state line.
Kurt Hildebrand

High winds knocked over a semi-truck on Highway 88 near the Nevada state line on Monday afternoon.

Douglas and Alpine authorities responded to the incident at 1:45 p.m.

East Fork and Eastern Alpine firefighters also responded.

The Nevada Highway Patrol determined the driver of the truck was not injured.

Power lines were spinning like jump ropes along Highway 88 as high winds buffeted vehicles.

Winds also knocked over a travel trailer on James Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos at about 1:15 p.m. The initial report was that the trailer started smoking, but was extinguished by the owner.

Deputies reported branches down along Foothill Road.

At 2:35 p.m., NV Energy’s web site reported 300 Douglas County customers were without power. Of those 283 were in Genoa, with a handful in Minden and Gardnerville.

Interstate 580 in northern Washoe Valley was closed due to a wreck.

Interstate 80 through the Sierra was closed for most of the week

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported a 68 mph wind gust at Holbrook Junction in southern Douglas County at 1:30 a.m.

On Tuesday afternoon, a 58 mph wind gust was recorded north of Minden and a 60 mph gust was reported at Grover Hot Spring in Alpine County.

Wednesday saw the third wind advisory in three days.

However, predictions of substantial snowfall in the Carson Range didn’t pan out during the week, despite a winter storm warning. Heavenly Ski Resort reported 10 inches of snow over two days. More snow is forecast for today.