A couple and four children are missing after going out to a remote area of northwest Nevada to play in the snow.
Rescuers continue to search Tuesday for James Glanton, 34, and Christina MacIntee, 25, their two children, ages 3 and 4, and a niece, 10, and their nephew, 4.
Pershing County Sheriff Richard Machado said the family left Sunday to “go play in the snow” and never returned home.
They were reported missing Sunday night at 8 p.m. according to dispatch supervisor Sheila Reitz.
Reitz told NBC News the couple’s vehicle, a silver Jeep, was last seen “doing wheelies or donuts” at a mining camp 20 miles from their home.
The area where they were headed, Seven Troughs mountain range, has spotty cell phone coverage.
“I’m hoping they all huddled together and stayed in the Jeep,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen told the Kennebec Journal. “That would be a best-case scenario.”
“It’s got to be brutal out there,” said Mark Turney, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. “Let’s hope they are found quick.”
Reitz said temperatures in Seven Troughs reached as low as “minus 21.” She said it was well below zero again over night Monday.
Machado said search and rescue teams, including a Navy helicopter and a volunteer arm of the Air Force, have been searching for the family since they were reported missing. The Navy helicopter has night vision capabilities.
Three planes are expected to be deployed in the search on Tuesday.
Despite being the silver, the Jeep has a black top that rescuers hope will be easy to spot in the several inches of snows that have fallen.