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Teams search for missing skiers

SAN FRANCISCO – Search teams scoured snow-covered slopes on Sunday for two missing skiers who were last seen at a Lake Tahoe resort during a storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow.

A new round of rain and snow arrived Sunday in Southern California, where days of heavy rain and snow last week led to avalanche and traffic deaths, minor floods and landslides.

Patrick Frost, 35, and Christopher Gerwig, 32, both of San Francisco, were reported missing Saturday night at the Alpine Meadows resort just north of Lake Tahoe, said Placer County sheriff’s Sgt. Allan Carter.

Frost and Gerwig, described as expert skiers, had last been seen Saturday morning at a resort bar listening to advice about different outlying areas to ski. During the night, the area had temperatures in the 20s, high wind and heavy snow.

Carter called the skiers’ chances of survival “pretty good” as about 15 members of the Alpine Meadows’ ski patrol joined a 10-member sheriff’s Nordic team in the search.

Elsewhere around Lake Tahoe, avalanche control efforts Sunday closed a highway over Carson Pass. Interstate 80 over Donner Summit was reopened Sunday after being closed overnight because of zero visibility and heavy snow.

Pacific Gas and Electric reported power outages for more than 12,000 Northern California customers concentrated in areas hit hard by the snow, including the Sierra foothills and Yosemite region.

South of Reno, Nev., U.S. 395 in Washoe Valley was closed for several hours Sunday morning after about 20 crashes occurred during periods of zero visibility, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Simon said.


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