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Rain creates mess around Las Vegas valley

Posted at 1:55 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 20:36:14-05

UPDATE MARCH 6: Officials at Red Rock Canyon reported the closure of the scenic drive due to flooding.

UPDATE MARCH 6: The rain returned to the Las Vegas valley overnight and it has created a bit of a mess.

Multiple crashes were reported on local roads and interstates in the early-morning hours. Traffic was backed up for at least 30 minutes at one point in the Spaghetti Bowl.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area was forced to close their scenic drive because of the heavy rain and runoff.

Spring Mountain Ranch also announced that their entry road is flooded and they have closed the park gates.

Additionally, Lee Canyon closed the Sherwood Chairlift because of significant snowfall.

Rain is heading back to the Las Vegas valley this week. It is expected to start Tuesday night.

According to Good Morning Las Vegas meteorologist Justin Bruce, high clouds will lower today and eventually deliver some showers.

Isolated showers this evening turn widespread tonight into Wednesday morning.

Wednesday morning through midday will be wet at times. Las Vegas can expect rain totals around a quarter of an inch but rain could exceed a half inch in Summerlin and into Red Rock Canyon area.

Over 1 inch could fall in the Spring Mountains with several inches of snow about 7,000 feet.

Wind gusts will range from 30-40 mph on Wednesday and temperatures will climb from the mid 50s early to the mid 60s in the afternoon as the rain clears.

CLICK HERE: Current weather radar map.

Thursday looks dry, but still breezy with highs in the mid 60s and a mix of clouds and sun.

Friday looks windy as the next system brings gusts of wind between 25-35 mph and the small chance of a few more rain showers.

High temperatures in the low 60s Friday through next weekend (which is below average for March).

Another spurt of light showers on Sunday could turn to more widespread rain on Monday.