Photo taken from a livestream at Black Rock City –  Organizers of the annual Burning Man event are asking any participants traveling to the event now to postpone their arrival until at least Tuesday morning. Black Rock City has shut down following rainstorms that left standing water on the playa, leaving it un-drivable. 

At the request of Burning Man organizers, Nevada Highway Patrol will be directing traffic away from Highway 447 at Wadsworth. Also at the request of organizers, local law enforcement have also begun turning around traffic at the event entrance on Highway 34 northeast of Gerlach. Drivers are being instructed to find a safe location to park until the expected re-opening of the event on Tuesday.

“Thunderstorms rolled through the playa around 6 a.m. and rain continued for several hours,” says Katrina Raenell. She continued by saying “There was a slight break in the weather, but now it’s starting again. The playa is mud, making it impossible to bike in and very difficult to walk in.”

Organizers expect the rain to dissipate and the playa surface to dry out by midday Tuesday and participants will be allowed to enter the event again.

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