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Mountain snow in Southern Nevada enters the record books


Courtesy Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is seen on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, after the area received up to 4 inches of snow. The resort is scheduled to open for the season Nov. 25.

Updated Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 | 1:32 p.m.

One inch of snow and more than 2 inches of rain fell on Mount Charleston in the past day, setting or tying multiple weather records.

The snowfall ties the old record for the earliest date the mountain has received an inch or more of snow, previously set on Oct. 6, 1994, the National Weather Service said.

The snow fell during the 24-hour period that ended at 8 a.m. Thursday at the weather station at the Kyle Canyon fire station, which is at 7,450 feet in elevation. Other parts of Mount Charleston reported even more snow.

The snow at the fire station also ties a record for the second earliest occurrence of measurable snow at that location. The earliest was on Oct. 3, 1986, when 0.4 inches fell, the weather service said.

The total amount of liquid precipitation — snow and rain — at the weather station this morning was 2.4 inches, shattering the old record for Oct. 6, which was set in 1983, when 0.17 inches of rain fell.

The rain and snow also make today the wettest day so far this year at Mount Charleston and the fourth wettest 24-hour period ever recorded in October on the mountain.

Wednesday night’s storm brought rain and snow to most of the region, with Las Vegas receiving 0.11 inches of rain at McCarran International Airport while the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort reported nearly 4 inches of snow at 9,400 feet, the weather service said.

Parts of the valley were seeing thunderstorms again today, but the rest of the week and the weekend should stay clear, forecasters said. The high temperature in Las Vegas today is expected to reach 65 degrees, while the low tonight is forecast to be 52 degrees.

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