LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A storm system is expected to move through Southern Nevada on Thursday and forecast to bring light snowfall to the Spring Mountains.
Officials with the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area say snow is expected for the area, but the amount probably won't be enough for winter activities such as sledding or snowshoeing.
The latest travel conditions can be found here before heading to the mountains.
Lee Canyon Ski Resort, which has been making its snow, is open. Ski Resort visitors are reminded to have their pass or online reservation receipts available to show law enforcement officers who are monitoring traffic. And parking reservations are required amid the pandemic.
Officials say drivers should anticipate higher traffic volumes during weekends and holidays with Lee and Kyle Canyons' popularity during the winter season.
Visitors are also asked to adhere to COVID-19 protection measures that are in place this season:
• Maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others.
• Wear a facial covering if proper distancing is not possible.
• Follow current state and local group size restrictions.
• If you feel sick, stay home.
Additionally, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway facilities and parking area at 2525 Kyle Canyon Road are closed to the public to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.
Free public restroom facilities are available in Kyle Canyon at the Cliff Rose Trailhead across the Visitor Gateway traffic circle and in Lee Canyon at Sawmill Trailhead.
During the winter months, the ski resort manages the McWilliams Campground, Old Mill Picnic Area, and Foxtail Snow Play Area in Lee Canyon. The Old Mill Picnic Area is generally open on weekends and holidays. When there is at least 12 inches of snow, the Foxtail area is also open on weekends and holidays.
To ensure timely emergency response and public safety during the popular winter months, the Nevada Highway Patrol and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will monitor traffic congestion, parking and road conditions.
Depending on conditions, delays and periodic road closures may occur on Nevada State Routes 156 (Lee Canyon Road), 157 (Kyle Canyon Road) and 158 (Deer Creek Road).
Law enforcement officials are asking the public to observe and comply with highway reader boards and flashing signs on Lee Canyon Road and Kyle Canyon Road when they indicate that four-wheel drive and snow tires or tire chains are required to proceed up the mountain.
The public is reminded to abide by all posted parking signs in both Kyle and Lee Canyons. Illegally parked vehicles may be fined and towed.
Officials also shared the following winter recreation tips:
• Wear appropriate outdoor clothing, including layering light and warm clothing, gloves, hats, scarves and waterproof boots.
• Do not sled in areas with less than 12 inches of snow and avoid traffic and dangerous objects like trees and rocks. Sledding may be dangerous in icy conditions. Use sturdy sleds for snow play, not makeshift items like cardboard boxes.
• Do not trespass on private property or closed areas.
• Pets must be kept on a leash, and please clean up after them.