UPDATE 9:00 a.m.: I-15 Southbound near west Primm Boulevard remains closed since last night’s storm. According to California Highway Patrol, there are visibility issues and trucks stuck in the snow. Drivers heading into California are asked to use other routes and expect delays, according to NDOT. (I-40 from Kingman, Arizona to New Mexico is also closed)
AIRPORT: The ground stop/delay at Harry Reid International Airport was lifted around 11 p.m. The airport flight information showed around 20 arriving and departing flights Wednesday were canceled. You can check flights here.
OUTAGES: Power has been restored to all but around 300 customers in the Las Vegas valley, according to NVEnergy’s website. Some schools are impacted and will conduct distance learning today.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Strong winds blew into the Las Vegas valley Tuesday evening impacting traffic during rush hour for some drivers early on.
Some damage was reported near U.S. 95 and Decatur Boulevard as two traffic lights were out leading to a four-way stop and causing a backup for drivers.
A downed power line was also reported near the Luxor resort along Las Vegas Boulevard.
As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Henderson reported high wind gusts at 45 mph, North Las Vegas wind gusts came in at 45 mph, and over at Harry Reid International Airport, wind gusts were recorded at 43 mph.
As of 10:52 p.m., more than 19,000 people were without power across the Las Vegas valley.
Some of the hotspots included neighborhoods near Desert Inn and the I-15, and Bonanza near Main Street.
Harry Reid International Airport ground stop and delay
A ground stop was also issued at Harry Reid International Airport just after 6:30 which impacted some departures.
It was later updated to a ground delay at 7:15 p.m. with departures to Las Vegas delayed by an average of 56 minutes due to the wind. The delay is expected to stay in effect until 1 a.m., according to the FAA.
By 8:56 p.m. departures to Harry Reid International Airport were grounded due to an equipment outage which was expected to be in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
High Wind Warning
Wind gusts of 50 to 70+ mph are expected throughout Tuesday into Wednesday early morning.
A high wind warning has been issued until Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. when temperatures are expected to take a 15 to 20-degree dip.
Road closures impacted by weather
Just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, I-15 Southbound at Primm Boulevard was closed due to high winds leading into California. Drivers were asked to use other routes and expect delays, according to NDOT.
As of 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, northbound I-15 is shut down at Nipton Road (Mountain Pass to the Nevada State Line) and Southbound I-15 at Nevada State Line. Due to high winds and zero visibility. Unknown duration. Seek alternate routes, according to California Highway Police.
Top wind gusts on Tuesday
As of 9:22 p.m. Tuesday evening, wind gusts recorded at Harry Reid International Airport came in at 63 mph, in Henderson top gusts were recorded at 56 mph, at Nellis gusts came in at 53 mph, in the southwest along Blue Diamond wind gusts came in at 50 mph, and in Summerlin top gusts were recorded at 46 mph.