Burning Man, the massive week-long arts festival that takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada, has cancelled the first day of its 2014 festivities due to severe weather. According to the festival's official Twitter account, the second day might get cancelled as well.
"BRC is closed thru tonight & possible into tomorrow a.m. Cars being turned back @ Wadsworth. Cars also being turned around @ event entrance," Burning Man tweeted, adding, "If you're in Reno, please stay there until we let you know the gate has reopened."
The Reno Gazette Journal reported that, "Thunderstorms rolled through the playa around 6 a.m. and rain continued for several hours. 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."
Tickets for the event started at $380 with sales on third party sites selling for much higher. Patrons will not be refunded because of weather.
According to LA Weekly, organizers were expecting nearly 70,000 people for the event, which goes through Labor Day.
One Burner posted a screenshot from the live feed of the event, showing flooding in what was once a lake bed.
Keep an eye on Burning Man's Twitter account for updates.