Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 | 8:29 a.m.
A storm system that moved into the Las Vegas Valley early today is expected to linger in the area through Saturday, soaking lower elevations with rain and dusting higher elevations with snow.
Isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, and wind is expected to pick up later in the day, according to National Weather Service forecasters.
The precipitation is expected to ease up early Saturday, before picking up again in the late morning and afternoon.
Forecasters are predicting accumulation of a quarter inch to half inch of rain in the valley and an inch to 1.5 inches in the mountains over the next two days.
The heaviest precipitation is expected in the southwest valley and on the south slopes of the Spring Mountains. There is a chance of mud and debris flows in the areas where July’s fire on Mount Charleston burned away vegetation, the weather service warned.
Rain is expected to be light this morning, but will be steady through the day. The afternoon commute could be affected by street flooding.
Snow is expected at elevations above 8,000 feet today and will accumulate at 6,500 feet and above as temperatures drop this evening, forecasters said.