While the first of two storms left considerable snow in the Spring Mountains, any significant white stuff avoided the Las Vegas Valley in the first place.
The Centennial Hills area received about an inch of snow overnight Monday while many parts of the valley had severe weather but no actual accumulation, according to the National Weather Service.
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Wet in the east, slippery in the west
Early in the morning, the riders in the valley had different conditions depending on where they were. Many of the streets in central and east Las Vegas were just wet, but the Nevada Highway Patrol tweeted that Sunset Road and the Airport Connector were closed due to dangerous winter travel conditions.
West of Rampart Drive and in the Centennial Hills area, drivers found wet, sticky, slippery snow on the pavement, with parts of the western 215 Beltway being quite tricky.
“Very slippery. I’m driving a little below the speed limit,” said Alex Mejia from Las Vegas shortly after pulling his car into the Chevron station on West Cheyenne Avenue and Cliff Shadows Parkway in the far western valley.
“I’m looking at some hiking trails here,” said Mejia. “I’m not going to do anything too crazy, but it’s not every day that you get snow in Vegas.”
Storms were reported in several places overnight.
“We have reports of severe weather on the Strip, in Summerlin, Mountain’s Edge and at most points in the valley,” said weather service meteorologist Kate Guillet at around 3:45 in the morning
McCarran International Airport reported light snow, but no buildup.
David Oller was on his way to his job from his home on West Cheyenne Avenue to refuel planes in McCarran at 5:20 a.m. The roads in the northwest are slippery, he said.
“Not very icy,” said Oller. “I turned it around a bit”
The Scenic Loop Drive in the Red Rock National Conservation Area won’t open until 10 a.m. due to snow on the road, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
Tobogganing wishes fulfilled
Eighth grader Justin Buzoff went to bed late Monday night, hoping for snow in the morning.
He got his wish.
The 13-year-old awoke to snow covering the western Las Vegas landscape and arranged for a trip to Fox Hills Park to have fun making a snowman while playing in the snow for the second time.
“I checked it (the weather) around midnight and it was snowing a little,” said Buzoff. “When my mother and I woke up around 5 am, it was like a winter wonderland outside.
“We just couldn’t wait to go into the snow,” he said. “I’m building my snowman that I’ve always wanted to build.”
It seemed like the window would be short to enjoy the snow. The snowfall subsided at 7 a.m. The wetness of the snow and some rising temperatures were already wearing off some of the buildup, prompting people to rush to their local parks to enjoy it while it lasted.
Brianna Rivera and Trent Allan went to Fox Hills Park just after sunrise to make a snowman.
“Honestly amazing,” said Allan.
“It’s definitely breathtaking,” said Rivera. “We woke up early. We had to come out and see it! “
Clearing for rush hour
The weather service said rush hour and the rest of the day will likely be moisture-free, unlike Monday when heavy snowfall resulted in Interstate 15 being closed in both directions for a few hours near Primm.
“The clouds will clear and it will be mostly dry and we might see some sunshine in the afternoon,” said Guillet. “It will still be cold though, with a high of 46.”
The Spring Mountains were due to receive an additional 2 to 5 inches of snow Tuesday, but the cameras at Mount Charleston Lodge showed the sky brightened around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
The mountain. The Charleston Fire Department reported 13 inches in the 24 hours that ended Tuesday at 7 a.m., for a total of 19 inches for the past three days.
A winter weather report will remain in effect above 2,000 feet through 10 a.m. Tuesday. Traveling on mountain roads can be difficult.
The second storm will hit areas north of Clark County by Thursday or Friday, Guillet said.
“This system is warmer and the snow depths are not that high,” said Guillet. “It’s mostly focused on the Sierra and areas north of Las Vegas and will be pretty stationary for a long time.”
The storm is expected to sweep through the Las Vegas Valley on Friday, but only rain is expected, Guillet said.
The storm north of Las Vegas raised a warning of a winter storm from 10 p.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Friday.
Total snowfall could reach 1 to 3 feet at altitudes over 6,000 feet in the White Mountains and the Eastern Sierra Mountains. The Sierra peaks can receive more than 4 feet of snow.
Travel can be very difficult if not impossible, especially along US 395, State Route 168 through Westgard Pass, US 190 and 136.