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Rain moves into the Las Vegas valley Thursday afternoon

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Posted at 12:14 AM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 17:07:42-05

12:45 P.M. NOV. 28: Rain has started creeping into the Las Vegas valley, according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATE NOV. 28: Thanskgiving morning started off fairly dry for the Las Vegas valley, but that is going to change Thursday afternoon.

Once the rain does start this afternoon, temperatures will also quickly drop into the 40s and there could be wind gusts up to 35 mph.

Lows tonight across the valley will be in the upper 30s and snow showers will continue in the mountains surrounding Las Vegas.


UPDATE NOV. 27: It is currently snowing at Lee Canyon and on Mount Charleston.

The snow began falling a few hours ago on the Spring Mountains and Sheep Range. The National Weather Service is predicting 6 to 12 inches above 4,500 feet; 12 to 24 inches above 6,000 feet; and 24 to 36 inches above 7,500 feet.

A few residents in the Summerlin area also reported flurries early this morning.

Valley residents may see some rain on Wednesday afternoon, but we are not expecting a significant amount at this time.

A Winter Storm Warning runs from Wednesday through Friday for the Spring Mountains, including Red Rock Canyon, the Sheep Range, Lincoln County and parts of California above 3,500 feet.

But the most common question from viewers about weather seems to be: "Will it snow in Las Vegas?"

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13 Action News Meteorologist Dani Beckstrom says there may be a few flurries for neighborhoods on the western edge of the valley, but only mountain accumulation is expected.

Watch her two minute explanation below:

For elevated areas near Las Vegas, it's a different story.

Mountain snow showers should begin Tuesday night and continue through Wednesday night. Another surge of snow is expected Thanksgiving afternoon through the early hours of Friday morning.

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Mount Charleston says the Spring Mountain Visitor Gateway will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, and possibly Friday, depending on weather conditions.

Snow totals of 12" to 24" are expected and gusts of 45 mph will make travel into Mount Charleston and Red Rock Canyon quite challenging.

Road conditions should improve Friday as we transition back to dry weather.