California officials closed nearly 100 miles of Interstate 80 as the season's biggest snowstorm slammed into the Sierra Nevada mountains, where residents were urged to shelter in place and stay off the road as they braced for snow by 3 meters in some areas and devastating winds, the Associated Press reported.

"YYYY WE'RE CLOSED!!!"

- the California Highway Patrol posted on the X social network, saying the closure was due to "blizzard conditions, high winds and low visibility. There is no estimated time to reopen the highway."

Authorities closed the interstate in both directions after 5 p.m. on a day when most of the more than a dozen ski resorts around Lake Tahoe were closed and visitors to Yosemite National Park were told to leave.

The closed 100-mile (160 km) stretch straddles the state line west of Reno, Nevada, to near Emigrant Gap, California. 

The California Highway Patrol, state transportation officials and other authorities reported throughout the day that troopers and others responded to dozens of crashes on Interstate 80, cars that slid into snowdrifts or became stuck on slick roads.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

A powerful snowstorm caused transport chaos in the US

The National Weather Service in Reno said late Friday that it expected the most snow to accumulate after midnight, continuing with a blizzard and flurries into Saturday that could reduce visibility to a quarter mile or less.

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