Hail storm, thunder and rain pounds the valley, accidents and delays reported


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Hail is being reported in the Northwest area of the valley. 8 News Now crews driving near Washington and Buffalo Rd. captured some of the pea-size hail that was hitting the area.

Earlier in the day, heavy rainfall pounded portions of the Las Vegas valley overnight and chillier temperatures greeted Southern Nevadans Wednesday morning.

Rushing water raced through the parking garage and construction site at the LINQ.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, there were multiple traffic signals out across the valley during the morning commute.

NV Energy was also reporting more than 5,000 customers with power outages, at one point in the morning. Nearly all of those were resolved by noon. Click here for current outage reports.

Las Vegas Fire also says they rescued two people from a wash with flowing water near Pecos and Lake Mead.

The temperatures dipped as a large area of low pressure moved over the southern part of the state. A winter storm warning remains in effect for higher elevations — snowfall is reported in the mountains. This storm will impact the valley into Thursday with periodic thunder, lightning and heavy rainfall.

The northeast and southeast parts of the valley have seen the most rain. Here are some rain totals as of noon:

  • Boulder City — 2.05 inches
  • Mountains Edge – .51 inches
  • Henderson – 1.61 inches
  • Anthem – 1.22 inches
  • Foothills/College – 2.05 inches
  • Green Valley – .91 inches

Flash flood watches have been issued for much of Arizona and for eastern Clark County until Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. Areas in the watch zone could see between 1 to 2-inch rain totals between Tuesday night and Friday morning that could lead to flooding.

It is important to note Las Vegas is not in the watch zone. However, to prepare for wet conditions, make sure you:

  • Allow extra time to get to work due to the possibility of slick commutes
  • Check your tires
  • Check your windshield wipers
  • Allow plenty of room between you and the car in front of you when it rains to allow a safe stopping distance

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Spring Mountains from 4 a.m. Wednesday until 4 p.m. Thursday. There could be as much as 10 to 20 inches of snow above 7500 feet, thanks to the rich moisture in the air.

The possibility of winter weather prompted the closure of the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway on Mount Charleston on Wednesday.

Our last measurable rainfall was .24″ on September 23 and we have been dry ever since. So check your windshield wipers to make sure they’re in good working condition and slow down on the roads – which could be slippery from accumulated car oil over the past two months and wet from rain at times. The rain should be gone by Friday, but cooler temperatures will stick around into the weekend with highs in the low 60s and mornings near 40 degrees.

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