Four people missing after an avalanche hit a Nevada ski resort have been found safe, police say.
The quartet was reported missing after the same severe storm system moving through California caused an avalanche in the southwest Nevada resort town, according to Las Vegas police.
The avalanche occurred at the Lee Canyon ski resort, located less than 50 miles from Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene. The department said on X that it was “attempting to locate several missing people.”
“Everyone has been located and is safe,” the department tweeted an hour later. “We are currently helping people off the mountain. »
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas warned of a severe winter storm that would hit the area starting Sunday and lasting through Tuesday. The storm is part of the same band of atmospheric moisture hovering over Southern California. Three people died from falling trees as the storm hit California.
Nevada meteorologists told travelers to expect one to three feet of snow above 6,000 feet and wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour.
“The storm is currently moving towards southern Nevada. Not a lot of rain here but quite a bit of heavy snow in the mountains,” said Andrew Gorelow, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.
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