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A rock slide on Highway 95 around Walker Lake halted traffic for hours on Tuesday.

A warm winter storm that pounded much of Northern Nevada with heavy rain that caused flooding also affected parts of Mineral County this week.

Rain swept through Hawthorne late Sunday and Monday, causing minor flooding on area roads but no significant damage.

However, a rock slide shut down Highway 95 around Walker Lake around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday blocking lanes and halting traffic for hours. The highway was reopened about 2:30 p.m. before heavy winds caused a semi to tip over near the gravel pits, prompting the closure of the road until 8:30 p.m.

Wind gusts were reported as high as 105 mph in the afternoon as frustrated motorists waited to continue their journey or turned around to find alternate routes.

The storm that hit the area was one of many in Northern Nevada over the last few days. Heavy snow followed by rain caused the Truckee River to crest in Reno/Sparks and many of the city’s major streets were closed due to flooding.

Another snowy system is expected to move through Mineral County on Thursday.