updated 11/21/2009 12:50:34 PM ET 2009-11-21T17:50:34

A winter storm with winds gusting to more than 80 mph is expected to leave as much as a foot of snow to the northern Nevada mountains.

The storm dumped several inches of snow by late Friday afternoon. It knocked out power for thousands of people, grounded flights and kicked up dust storms that contributed to a fatal pile-up that shut down a stretch of Interstate 80.

The howling winds reduced visibility to near zero with blowing dust and dirt on I-80 about 60 miles east of Reno where the eight-vehicle wreck killed one, seriously injured six and shut down both westbound lanes for several hours.

High winds postponed scheduled openings Friday at several ski resorts before next week's Thanksgiving holiday.

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