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Avalanche Warning is Lifted for Mt. Charleston

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(Jan. 17) -- SR 156 is closed from Lee Canyon Ski area to the junction with US-95.

SR 157 is closed from Charleston Park to the junction with US-95.

SR 158 is open, but chains or snow tires are required from the junction with SR 157 to the junction with SR 156.

(Jan. 13) -- The avalanche warning for Mount Charleston has been lifted. Friday Metro reopened State Routes 156 and 157 below State Route 158, Deer Creek Road. State Route 158 remains closed until further notice.

(Jan. 12) -- There is still concern about another big avalanche on Mount Charleston Wednesday night. Metro has closed the roads to Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon.

All day officers talked with people wanting to go to Mount Charleston. The highway patrol manned the checkpoint, but Metro made the decision to refuse access to everyone except Mount Charleston residents and emergency crews.

Metro says water is coming out from under the snowpack, which shows that it is unstable. Metro says we need a cold front to refreeze the entire snowpack so it doesn't slide.

(Jan. 11) -- There is a warning Tuesday night from the Clark County Fire Department -- do not go to Mount Charleston if you don't absolutely have to. Avalanche danger continues after more than six reported avalanches Tuesday alone.

The Mount Charleston Lodge has evacuated their employees and guests. And the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort announces a temporary closure. Further information will be released for the benefit of season pass holders and other patrons as soon as it becomes available.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area have extended their avalanche warning due to the extreme avalanche potential in the backcountry areas.

These areas in upper Kyle Canyon, include Mary Jane Falls trail, Old Ski Tow, Echo trailhead and Cathedral Rock picnic area. This warning remains in effect until Wednesday night at midnight, Jan. 12.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has also issued an avalanche warning for private property in the Mount Charleston area. Metro is urging all residents in Old Town, which is located in Kyle Canyon, to evacuate their homes.

The advised evacuation of Echo Canyon at Mount Charleston remains in effect.

LVMPD is advising residents of the Spring Mountain area of the potential danger for further avalanches in the area.

Additionally, the ice cliff near Echo Canyon is extremely unstable. It is recommended that all residents in the Spring Mountain area find alternate accommodations until safer conditions are present.

Nevada Highway Patrol has closed Highways 156, 157 and 158 to the Mount Charleston area. Only residents and emergency personnel will be permitted to travel along these roadways.

The U.S. Forestry Service is extending its avalanche warning to midnight on Wednesday. Areas of concern include Kyle Canyon, Mary Jane Falls Trail, Old Ski Tow, Echo Trailhead and Cathedral Rock Picnic Area.

Unstable slabs of snow and ice mist exist on most aspects and slope angles in the mountains, causing extreme avalanche conditions. In these conditions, widespread natural or human-triggered avalanches aare possible. A "trigger" is a force or event that initiates an avalanche. Backcountry travel should be avoided.

For a list of road closures, call 382-5378, or 38-ALERT .

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