Las Vegas Snow? Cold Front Brings Freezing Temperatures to the Valley
A cold front that moved into Southern Nevada on Wednesday and Thursday brought some reports of Las Vegas snow around the valley.
Las Vegas officially dropped below freezing on both the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 10 and the morning of Thursday, Jan. 11. With the cold front came reports of frost and snow in some parts of the Las Vegas Valley.
For example, according to 8 News Now, both Las Vegas snow and flurries were spotted in the northwest and the southwest of the Las Vegas valley. For example, snow was spotted in Searchlight, Pahrump, and Indian Springs.
However, the snow isn’t likely to stick around. The storm was fast moving, meaning that temperatures will return to above freezing on Thursday.
Visitors and residents alike had to contend with gusty winds along with the freezing temperatures — the combination of which made the weather in Las Vegas feel much colder than it actually was. (All of this is to say you should brush up on the best ramen in Las Vegas to keep you warm.)
The Las Vegas snow reports also led to some road closures and other safety policies. For example, around 7 a.m., the Scenic Loop Drive at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area was closed for several hours.
Additionally, those visiting Lee Canyon will need chains or snow tires on the mountain, since this morning’s storm brought the total snowfall up to 30 inches this season.
Las Vegas snow is rare, but it does happen. The most recent snowfall in the valley occurred on Dec. 17, 2008 when about three and a half inches of snow fell. The most snowfall the city has ever seen happened in January 1949, when a whopping 16.7 inches was dropped on Las Vegas.
Although snow is rare, cold temperatures happen more frequently. For example, the temps dropped below freezing on Feb. 1, 2023.
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