Snow, sleet, graupel, whatever you call it — it’s happening!

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A winter storm moving over the state is making is dropping temperatures and some snow on the Las Vegas valley.

The northern storm from Canada is the same one that has left northern Nevada blanketed in several feet of fresh snow. It is causing hit and miss rain showers around the Las Vegas valley that is turning into snow at higher elevations and graupel in some areas in the western valley.

The snow will not stick in the lower elevations because the ground is too warm. These weather conditions are expected to continue until this evening.

It has been snowing on Mount Charleston since Monday. NDOT crews spent the day plowing and de-icing the roads. But, vehicles without snow tires or chains are being turned away.  Additional snow accumulations of 1-4-inches are expeced above 5,000-feet, and  4-7-inches at 7,000-feet with gusts as high as 60 miles per hour.

Lee Canyon Ski Resort Marketing Director Jim Seely says although they love fresh powder they do want to make sure people take safety precautions as the travel up the mountain.

“Ski patrol goes up with a crew with hand charges as well as key cutting, which is kind of using their ski’s to break the snow and let it slide a little bit until it’s a little bit more stable,” Seely said.

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