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Some Vegas residents see snow on Christmas Day

Posted at 5:35 PM, Dec 25, 2015

A very rare thing happened early Christmas morning in Las Vegas -- it snowed.

According to the National Weather Service, snow began falling in Pioche around 9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve.

At around 10 p.m., the Nye County Sheriff's Office reported snow and poor visibility about 20 miles north of Beatty on Highway 95. Snow flurries were then reported in Pahrump and Indian Springs received about half an inch of snow not long after.

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By midnight, reports of snow mixed with rain were coming in from the Las Vegas area.
 

And it was announced that snow, mixed with rain, was officially observed at McCarran International Airport.

 

Most of the precipitation was reported on the outlying areas of the valley -- Summerlin, Centennial Hills and Henderson.

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This is the first time it has officially snowed in Las Vegas on Christmas Day since 2008.

However, it is not unusual to have snow on the mountains ringing the valley this time of the year. And many local residents headed to Mount Charleston on Christmas Day to play in the snow.

Mount Charleston says it received 6 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.