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Christmas Eve expected to be mostly dry in Las Vegas valley

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 08:27:50-05

UPDATE AT 1:31 P.M. Nevada Highway Patrol says that restrictions have been put in place on Mount Charleston. Anyone going up the mountain should have the proper equipment.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is asking residents and businesses to turn off or decrease the amount of time their landscape irrigation systems operate over the next few days. The wet weather, combined with cooler evening temperatures ranging from the mid to low 40s through the week, will limit the amount of water needed for landcaping.

ORIGINAL STORY
Monday morning started dry, but a few sprinkles have developed as we approach 9:00 a.m. Rain is much more likely from midday through the afternoon, and scattered additional showers are in the forecast this evening and tonight before this round of rain winds down early Tuesday morning

Temperatures in the 40s this morning will only climb to the low and mid 50s at midday before cooling off as the afternoon rain takes over. Lows tonight drop to the low 40s as the rain chance continues. Rain totals will range from 0.10 to 0.25 with this round of wet weather, which should taper completely by late Tuesday morning.

Snow could reach up to 10 inches above 5,000 feet in the Spring Mountains between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service for the Spring Mountains and the Sheep Range.

Temperatures will drop near 40° Tuesday night as Santa makes his rounds under mainly dry conditions. Christmas morning should be dry and chilly, but scattered rain is possible the rest of the day. Highs will only reach the low 50s and breezes up to 20 mph will accentuate the chill.

Lows Wednesday night will tumble to the upper 30s. A rain chance continues into Thursday as a system swings just south of Las Vegas and reinforces our cloud cover. Highs again struggle to reach the low 50s on Thursday as north breezes approach 20 mph.

Completely dry conditions are here Friday through the weekend. Morning lows in the low and mid 30s will set the stage for chilly afternoons in the low 50s despite a good dose of sunshine. North breezes should linger Friday and Saturday before relaxing Sunday.