LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A winter storm warning is in effect until early Sunday morning and it will impact Red Rock Canyon and the mountains around the Las Vegas valley.

Heavy snow is predicted for mountain areas. Accumulations in some areas could be from 1 to 2 feet with higher amounts above the 7,000-foot elevation. Wind gusts are expected to be 45 mph.

Travel could be difficult to impossible on roads up to Kyle and Lee Canyons, as well as State Route 60 at Mountain Springs Summit. Drivers should check road conditions before traveling on those roads. Chains, snow tires, or 4-wheel drive may be required. You can check road conditions at this link.

Mt. Charleston announced the following areas will be closed on Saturday due to the amount of snow expected: The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, Kyle Canyon Picnic Area, Foxtail, and Old Mill snow play areas. Drivers should be aware that plows will be active on main highways and will not be able to keep up with the long periods of snowfall. “Visitors are advised to use extreme caution.”

Ice, and snow on Red Rock Scenic Road on Feb. 24, 2023. (Credit: BLM)

On Friday morning, the Red Rock Scenic Drive did not open until 1 p.m. due to poor road conditions, according to the BLM.

Ice and snow were reported along the 16-mile loop drive. Normally, the road opens at 9 a.m.