What global warming? Heavy snow in California has shut down a major interstate and knocked out power to 90,000.
FOX Weather reports:
A series of snowstorms forced officials to close highways and interstates through the Sierra Nevada from California to Nevada. The storms have dropped 5-9 feet of snow so far, and winds gusted to near 100 mph on mountain peaks which knocked trees into power lines and across roadways, making roads impassable.
I-80 has been closed since Sunday through the Sierra into Nevada, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltran) said they have no estimated time of opening.
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“That’s the big commercial freight route as well,” said Raquel Borraya, Public Information Officer for Caltran District 3 to FOX Weather in a recent interview. “We see so many downed trees and downed power lines and a lot of snow that’s really made it challenging to get those highways open again.”
“No one is getting through on I-80 right now,” she said. “Look at other routes through Southern California or wait until the road opens.”
Yahoo notes that even ski lodges are closed due to the extreme snow.