OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Search groups have been deployed following an avalanche Wednesday at a California ski resort close to Lake Tahoe as a significant storm with snow and gusty winds moved into the area, officers stated.

The avalanche occurred round 9:30 a.m. at Palisades Tahoe, the resort stated in an announcement on X, previously Twitter.

“Our Patrol and mountain operations groups are performing a search presently,” the resort stated.

Sgt. David Smith, a spokesperson for the Placer County sheriff, informed The Related Press there are “no confirmed studies” of individuals trapped however search groups are assessing the realm.

The avalanche occurred simply half-hour after the resort opened on steep slopes underneath the Ok-22 raise, which serves “black diamond” runs for professional skiers and snowboarders. It was not instantly identified if that space was open Wednesday morning. The resort was closed for the day following the avalanche.

Palisades is on the western aspect of Lake Tahoe, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Reno, Nevada. The resort was host website for the 1960 winter Olympics

Winds gusted in extra of 100 mph (160 kph) over ridgetops round Lake Tahoe late Tuesday forward of a robust storm anticipated to deliver as a lot as 2 toes (61 centimeters) of snow to the best elevations by early Thursday. The Nationwide Climate Service in Reno stated 2 inches (5 centimeters) might fall per hour Wednesday across the lake.

A 110 mph (177 kph) gust was recorded Tuesday afternoon on the summit of Alpine Meadows, the neighboring sister resort of Palisades south of Truckee, California, the service stated.

A 2020 avalanche at Alpine Meadows killed one skier and severely injured one other a day after a significant storm. An avalanche at Alpine Meadows in March 1982 killed seven individuals, together with a number of staff of the ski resort.

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