SAccording to US authorities, up to three meters of snow is expected in some areas and the National Weather Service warned that the bad weather was creating “extremely dangerous or impossible travel conditions”.

The combination of snow and strong winds was most intense in the Sierra Nevada, in the state of Nevada, with more than seven centimeters of snow falling per hour and wind gusts above 160 kilometers per hour.

A “high to extreme avalanche risk” is estimated in the interior of the country until Sunday night throughout the central Sierra, including the Greater Lake Tahoe area, the weather service said.

On Friday, California authorities closed 160 kilometers of I-80 due to “slides, high winds and low visibility.”

Pacific Gas & Electric reported that 27,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.

A tornado Friday afternoon touched down in Madera County and caused some damage to an elementary school, said Andy Bollenbacher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

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