UPDATE 4 P.M. NOV. 20: Nevada Highway Patrol says it has responded to 78 property damage crashes, 28 injury crash and 5 hit-and-run crashes since 4 a.m. No critical injuries were reported during that time. NHP says that's more than double the amount of normal crashes it sees on a normal day with no rain. The agency expects the totals to increase with the evening rush and wet roads.
UPDATE NOON NOV. 20: Lee Canyon is reporting that they received about an inch of snow overnight and another 2-3 inches this morning.
The #FirstSnow of winter is here! #LeeCanyon received about one inch last night and another 2-3 this morning. Not enough to open but heavy and perfect for base building, keeping us right on track for early December opening. The ski resort is still CLOSED to the public. pic.twitter.com/94dSg0Zz9l— Lee Canyon (@LeeCanyonLV) November 20, 2019
UPDATE 10:30 A.M. NOV. 20 According to Nevada Highway Patrol, it's finally starting to snow on Mount Charleston. There are no chain restrictions at this time, but that might change this afternoon.
It took awhile to get started but the snow is finally falling on Mt. Charleston. Chain restrictions are not in place at this time but that will likely change this afternoon. Check back for updates. ☃️ #drivesafenv #snow #mtcharleston #nhpsocomm pic.twitter.com/4MeVitEueS— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) November 20, 2019
UPDATE 10 A.M. NOV. 20: According to the National Weather Service, Las Vegas has broken the rain record for this date and rain is still falling in the valley.
UPDATE 8:50 A.M. NOV. 20: The airport tunnel has reopened, but traffic is very slow going through the tunnel.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Southbound Airport Connector Tunnel has reopened (as of 8:40 a.m.), but traffic will still be slowed until the scene is fully cleared. Please drive carefully in these slick conditions over streets across town today.— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) November 20, 2019
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is on the scene of a school bus fire at Hollow Street and Deer Springs Way. Everyone is off the bus and no injuries have been reported.
UPDATE 8:35 A.M. NOV. 20: There are multiple crashes in the airport tunnel. Traffic is being diverted from southbound Paradise Road to eastbound Russell Road.
11/20/19 08:35 AM— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) November 20, 2019
Multiple crashes in Airport tunnel, traffic being diverted from Southbound Paradise Rd to Eastbound Russell Road
UPDATE 8:15 A.M. NOV. 20: A Flood Advisory has been issued for central Clark County until 2 p.m. High flows are expected in flood channels and washes dues to widespread rainfall amounts between a quarter and half inch this morning.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol ahve responded to approximately 3 dozen crashes around the valley since 6 a.m.
UPDATE AT 8 A.M. NOV. 20: There are reports of traffic lights being out at various locations around the valley. Please treat the intersections as 4-way stops and use caution. There are still more than 4,900 customers around the valley without power.
UPDATE 7:30 A.M. NOV. 20: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue says it rescued 2 people from the wash near Pecos Road and Lake Mead Boulevard. The fire department says the rescued people are okay.
UPDATE 7:15 A.M. NOV. 20: There are multiple crashes around the valley at 7 a.m. Motorists should use extra care this morning on the slick roads.
UPDATE 7:01 A.M. NOV. 20: There are more than 5,500 customers in the Las Vegas valley without power at this time.
— KTNV Action News (@KTNV) November 20, 2019
The majority of those without power reside in zip code 89014, which includes the Whitney Ranch area.
UPDATE 6:15 A.M. NOV. 20: Las Vegas has seen more rain in the last 12 hours than it has in the past 6 months. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue says that it has responded to more than a dozen electrical-related incidents (power pole fires, downed wires) since 9 p.m.
UPDATE 5:20 A.M. NOV. 20: Rain is covering much of the Las Vegas valley right now, including the Las Vegas Strip, Green Valley, Silverado Ranch etc.
UPDATE 3:45 A.M. NOV. 20: A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 5:30 a.m. for northwestern Arizona, northeastern San Bernardino County and south central Clark County.
Watching thunderstorms at 4:00 a.m. that could drench parts of Las Vegas between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. @KTNV will be on-air starting at 4:30 a.m. and you can always look at radar on your phone with our free app. pic.twitter.com/EM4QISEDFn
— Justin Bruce (@just1nbruce) November 20, 2019
UPDATE 11:37 P.M. NOV. 19: A Flash Flood Watch is in effect in parts of the Las Vegas area, according to the National Weather Service.
Radar Update! 📡🌧— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) November 20, 2019
See that big blob of yellow/orange? That’s where the Flash Flood Watch is in effect & where hazardous flooding conditions are possible overnight. Rain totals are continuing to climb & the risk for dangerous flooding climbs with it! Stay safe! #cawx #nvwx #azex pic.twitter.com/fM5QHNfeN8
13 Action News Reporter Austin Carter has a look at rainy conditions around the valley:
UPDATE 9:30 P.M. NOV. 19: Despite the rain, Las Vegas hit a record high on Tuesday at 81 degrees. The average temperature on this day is 65 degrees. The previous record was 78 degrees back in 1976.
UPDATE 6:45 P.M. NOV. 19: The National Weather Service says the area near Las Vegas is startting to see some high winds, especially across Lake Mead where gusts are over 40 mph.
⚠️ Starting to see some high winds, especially across @lakemeadnps where gusts over 40 mph have been recorded. Here's some wind gust reports across the area. #vegasweather— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) November 20, 2019
Want to check out the latest observations? Visit: https://t.co/GkyqRCo34C pic.twitter.com/aGDouoShUv
UPDATE 6:45 P.M. NOV. 19: The heaviest rain in the valley is expected overnight into Wednesday morning, with on and off rain throughout Wednesday and a few stray showers on Thursday.
There will be a winter storm warning on Wednesday morning for elevations above 6,000 feet. Anywhere from 10" to 20" are expected.
Lee Canyon says the forecast is for 1-2 feet. The ski resort is closed to the public for construction .
❄️The first #snow of #winter is headed to #leecanyon! Forecast is for 1 - 2 FEET🦶! Remember that the ski resort is still closed to the public with active construction. Winter storm warnings will be in effect and roads restrictions are expected.— Lee Canyon (@LeeCanyonLV) November 19, 2019
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Mt. Charleston says the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway will be closed on Wednesday due to expected weather conditions.
With the ever increasing confidence by @NWSVegas about a snow storm moving slowly through the Spring Mountains Overnight and into Wednesday, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway will be closed 11/20. Stay inside, warm and dry! pic.twitter.com/oWkQcwLO7u— Go Mt. Charleston (@GoMtCharleston) November 20, 2019
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- After a long dry spell and above average temperatures, the weather in the Las Vegas valley is about to change.
Tuesday's highs will still make it to the mid to upper 70s, but the chance of rain is possible this afternoon and tonight.
There's a better chance for storms with the potential for flooding in the Boulder City and Laughlin area and throughout Arizona.
Storms with flash flooding potential develop this afternoon and evening, especially across Arizona. We believe the downpours will stay south and east of Las Vegas, but Laughlin and Boulder City will need to keep an eye on things as they are included in the Flash Flood Watch. pic.twitter.com/aZ6XWV01zw— Justin Bruce (@just1nbruce) November 19, 2019
Lows tonight will drop to the mid 50s due to the cloud cover and breeze from the south.
There's a better chance of rain on Wednesday, from the morning through the day and even into Wednesday night.
Temperatures will drop 15 to 20 degrees and the highs will only be in the upper 50s Wednesday.
Starting Wednesday night, we can expect low temperatures in the 40s. It will continue to be cooler on Thursday and Friday.
There's a Winter Storm Warning in place for the Spring Mountains and Sheep Range to the west and north of Las Vegas. The Nevada Highway Patrol is reminding everyone that during the peak snowfall hours, snow chains or 4-wheel drive vehicles will likely be the only vehicles permitted on the mountain. Vehicles that get stuck or are unprepared for the winter weather become a hindrance during the snow removal process. Anyone planning a trip to Mount Charleston should check the Twitter account for NHP, gomtcharleston.com or NDOT's website.