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Storm brings rain to Las Vegas valley, snow to the mountains

Multiple crashes, power outages around the valley
Posted at 5:58 AM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 11:20:29-05

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 .

Mt. Charleston says the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway will be closed on Wednesday due to expected weather conditions.

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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.

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.