An Avalanche in Las Vegas? Here’s What You Need to Know
A powerful winter storm has dumped snow and rain around the Las Vegas Valley, and even caused an avalanche in the nearby Mt. Charleston area.
The storm dropped more than two feet of snow within 24 hours in the mountains surrounding the Las Vegas Valley, with at least another foot expected to fall between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to 8 News Now.
There are blizzard conditions on both Tuesday and Wednesday in Lee Canyon, and the area remains closed due to an avalanche in the Las Vegas area.
The avalanche occurred around 1:20 p.m. at the Lee Canyon Ski Area — around 35 miles north of Las Vegas — on Monday. Jan. 5. News reports indicate that four hikers were reported missing, but were later found.
Nevada Task Force 1 search and rescue teams were planning on using dogs on Tuesday as a precaution to ensure that no other unreported missing person was caught in the avalanche.
In the meantime, Clark County authorities were urging the public to avoid travel around Lee Canyon Road and Kyle Canyon Road.
Along with the avalanche near Las Vegas, the powerful winter storm also caused power outages for more than 460 customers on the mountain. Crews are currently working to assess the damage and make repairs, with a reported power restoration time around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The winter storm is also dumping rain around the Las Vegas Valley, with locally heavy rainfall possible. The stormy weather follows a winter storm in January that brought freezing temperatures and potential snow to the Las Vegas valley.
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