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Storms dump rain, hail, snow on Las Vegas Valley, surrounding mountains

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A backyard in Henderson is illuminated by lightning amid a thunderstorm late Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. Hail was reported in various parts of Henderson; its accumulation is seen on the grass.

Updated Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 | 11:19 a.m.

Heavy rains on Thursday evening damaged a drainage structure on Placid Street just south of Windmill Lane in the southern valley. Water rushing through a wash in the area also damaged the roadway, prompting the closure of Placid. “The water came up to the middle of my front yard,” said Ron Falahi, who lives on the edge of the wash.

Heavy rains on Thursday evening damaged a drainage structure on Placid Street just south of Windmill Lane in the southern valley. Water rushing through a wash in the area also damaged the roadway, prompting the closure of Placid. “The water came up to the middle of my front yard,” said Ron Falahi, who lives on the edge of the wash.

After heavy rains and hail Thursday in some parts of the Las Vegas Valley, much of Friday is being spent cleaning up from the storm.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said crews will be out Friday clearing mud, rocks and other debris washed into roadways by rainfall.

The most extensive cleanup, he said, is needed in the northwestern part of the valley, specifically along Durango Drive between Lone Mountain Road and Grand Teton Drive.

Other areas targeted for cleanup throughout the day include Sahara Avenue at Winterwood Boulevard; Silverado Ranch Boulevard between Decatur Boulevard and Dean Martin Drive; Windmill Lane between Las Vegas Boulevard and Bermuda Road, Hollywood Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Bonanza Road; and Sandy Valley Road at Kingston Road.

The storms that pummeled the Las Vegas Valley with rain and hail Thursday also brought the season’s first snowfall to the Spring Mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The upper ranges of the Spring Mountains got about an inch of snow, meteorologist Reid Wolcott said.

The most rain fell in the northwestern part of the valley, which saw about 1.75 inches of precipitation, Wolcott said. Dime-sized hail fell in Henderson Thursday night, he said.

The weather system behind the storms is expected to finish moving through the valley today, with temperatures peaking in the high 60s and then increasing over the weekend.

“We could see a few more showers today, but the brunt of activity should be over,” Wolcott said. “Temperatures will slowly start to increase...depending on cloud cover and how much sunshine we get.”

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