Rain, hail slam Interstate 80 drivers near Truckee

Published: Saturday, Jul. 19, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Heavy rain and pea-sized hail are pelting Interstate 80 drivers between Truckee and the Nevada state line and Sierra Nevada-area residents with storms that are expected to last until sundown today.

Some of the heaviest rain, about two inches per hour, fell on I-80 and may continue sporadically throughout the day, but no accidents or mudslides have been reported in the area, said Scott McGuire, National Weather Service meteorologist in Reno.

“People in the Sierra out in the back country and on lakes and reservoirs need to seek shelter,” McGuire said. “People really need to be aware there’s definitely a lot of activity in the Sierra this afternoon.”

Along with the hail and heavy rain, frequent lightning strikes will likely continue throughout the day, McGuire said, but the storms should calm after about 9:30 p.m.

“Once the sun sets, (the storms) start dying off pretty quickly,” McGuire said.

Call The Bee’s Will Wright, (916) 321-1212.

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