LAS VEGAS (KLAS) —  If you woke up Tuesday morning and went outside, you might have thought it was January instead of April. It’s cold!

Morning temperatures around the Las Vegas valley were in the 40s but with the wind chill, it felt more like the 30s and even colder in Summerlin and at St. Rose Parkway.

Although the wind advisory expired at 5 a.m., it will continue to be breezy with winds up to 30 miles per hour through the day. The high temperature Tuesday will be in the upper 50s which is about 20 degrees below normal. But that’s all about to change.

“You’ll be exchanging your winter jacket for summer sandals by this weekend,” according to a post on Twitter from the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.

The highs over the weekend will be in the 80s which is more typical for this time of year.

Monday’s gusty winds and cool temperatures followed a weather pattern seen throughout March, making it the coldest March on record since 1991.

Kelli Chilingarian provided this video from southbound I-15 near Nipton around noon on Monday showing the poor visibility which caused major freeway traffic delays.

The average March temperature was 54.4 degrees, 6.4 degrees below normal. The coldest day was March 3, when temperatures dipped to 37 degrees. Typically, in March, more than half the days have a high temperature of 70 or above, but this March only had five days that reached or exceeded that temperature.

Coldest Las Vegas March in 31 years. (Credit: National Weather Service, Las Vegas)

March 2023 was unusual in other ways when it came to the weather. The National Weather Service in Las Vegas said there were four winter storm warnings, the most in eight years. Flash flood warnings were issued 10 times, while only 11 were issued in the past 26 years during the month of March. March also had six severe thunderstorm warnings, double what’s been issued in nearly three decades, and there was even a tornado warning, the first in March since 1992.

March 2023’s unusual weather compiled by the National Weather Service in Las Vegas. (Credit: NWS/Las Vegas)

April 2023 started off with temperatures in the 70s which is more typical for this time of year, but Monday’s cold front put a chill on that. The cooler wet weather has also had an impact on the snowfall at Lee Canyon resort on Mount Charleston.

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