LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Rain from a winter storm that drenched Southern California has been moving across the Las Vegas valley for several hours.
Wind gusts picked up around the valley by noon. Harry Reid International Airport has recorded wind gusts up to 36 mph and Nellis AFB has recorded gusts at 43 mph. Kyle Canyon has had wind gusts of 48 mph. The Wind Advisory for Las Vegas and other areas has been extended until 4 a.m. Wednesday due to possible gusts being expected up to 55 mph.
The Winter Storm Warning began at 4 a.m. and lasts until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Snow is expected at the 5,000-foot level, below that level, it will be rain. Lee Canyon has already received 7 inches of fresh powder by 4 p.m today. State highways 156,157 and 158 through the Springs Mountains will be impacted by snow and conditions could be hazardous.
Snow flurries were already being reported on State Route 158 in the Mount Charleston area earlier Tuesday morning.
Drivers who use Highway 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump could encounter some snow on Mountain Springs Summit in the evening.
Some areas of the Las Vegas valley or Clark County could get as much as a quarter-inch of rain. Rain showers are expected from noon until 9 p.m.
The National Weather Service is warning drivers roads will be “very slick” because — until now — there’s been a lack of heavy rain to clean the roads.
The strong, gusty winds will remain throughout the evening and into early morning. There is also high wind warning for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and parts of Southern Nevada. Gusts could exceed 60 mph.
The storm will leave the area by Wednesday morning but cooler temperatures will follow with below-normal highs in the low 50s and morning temperatures in the 30s. Another slight chance of rain is possible next Tuesday.
This same storm system has hammered California with heavy snow, rain, and damaging winds.