Las Vegas Climate: Thunder potential Friday with sturdy winds

A Friday storm dropped an inch of rain on parts of the Las Vegas Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain and thunder moved between Henderson and south Las Vegas between 4 and 11 p.m. in the north valley and ended near Centennial Hills, according to meteorologist Barry Pierce.

Pierce said most of the heavy rain fell in Henderson. Henderson Executive Airport recorded nearly a tenth of an inch of rain while McCarran International Airport recorded only 0.01 inches.

At around 10 p.m., Pierce said, Henderson might see an isolated storm before the end of the night, but much of the storm had passed through the valley.

Friday hit a high of 62 degrees with gusts of wind up to 40 mph in areas near the Boulder Highway, Pierce said.

“Tomorrow we could see isolated showers with afternoon heat again. The best chance would be over the mountains, ”said Pierce, quoting a weekend full of opportunities for rain.

Shortly after 6pm on Friday, the weather service tweeted that there was “moderate snowfall” on Mount Charleston.

Saturday and Sunday are forecast for the mid-50s, and there is a 90 percent chance of rain on Sunday evening.

The biggest storm, Pierce said, will hit Las Vegas on Monday. The high temperature is expected to be around 49.

We are now working hard on the forecast until the weekend as we prepare for the winter weather Monday and Tuesday.

This system will be COLD / WET so many of you will see rain, but some may see “SNOW!”

Be careful when commuting Monday through Tuesday! ???? # VegasWeather #NvWx #CaWx #AzWx #LasVegas pic.twitter.com/1zGUCQeh1I

– NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) January 22, 2021

“The probability of rain is 80 to 90 percent, and storms can occur almost anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley,” said weather service meteorologist Kate Guillet. “The better chances of snow are in the Red Rock area and in the southwest valley due to the higher elevation.”

Just before noon on Friday, the weather service announced that Las Vegas has a 40 percent chance of receiving snow on Monday and a 1 percent chance of it being more than an inch. Pierce said snow depths could be as low as 2,000 feet.

“The valley is always a tough call where it can get some snow, where it could stick, and where it will build up,” Pierce said.

Mount Charleston has a 100 percent chance of snow on Monday and a 97 percent chance of more than an inch.

Winter conditions are likely to persist all week, with rain and snow possible at least until Thursday, according to the weather service.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at [email protected] or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter. Review Journal web producer Marvin Clemons contributed to this report.

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