LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Today’s winter weather has led to another major road closure. US93 has been closed to traffic in both directions from the Hoover Dam to Kingman, Ariz.
Earlier on Wednesday, I-15 was closed for a while when heavy snow on portions of the freeway caused dangerous driving conditions. I-15 was closed between Primm and Baker, California until driving conditions improved. It is now open as of 2:25 p.m.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump has reopened to traffic after being closed for several hours due to heavy snow causing poor weather conditions in the Mountain Springs area.
Jesse Grant in Pahrump shot video of the snow at his home.
State Routes 156, 157, and 158 on Mt. Charleston have reopened but chains or 4-wheel drive are required. Lee Canyon received eight inches Monday and is expected to get 12 to 18 inches Tuesday. The ski resort reports a total of 193 inches already this season.
“It may be March, but the weather is holding onto winter,” stated a social post that said the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway will be closed all day.
Red Rock Canyon delayed the opening of the scenic loop drive due to snow on the road causing unsafe driving conditions. The scenic drive did open around noon.
If this winter season seems colder than usual, it is. The National Weather Service reports it’s the coldest winter in 15 years. The average temperature for Dec. – Feb. 2022 – 2023 was 48.3 degrees making it the coldest winter since 2007 – 2008 when the average temperature was 47.9 degrees.
A winter storm warning goes into effect for the Sheep Mountains, Spring Mountains, and Red Rock Canyon from 4 p.m. Tuesday until Wednesday at midnight.
This radar image from 7:20 a.m. shows snow (blue areas) and rain (green areas) over the Las Vegas valley and surrounding mountains. (KLAS)
According to the National Weather Service, another round of rain showers is possible during the evening commute.
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