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August 20, 2014

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Cooler temperatures, possibly accompanied by rain, moving into region

Areas throughout the southern Great Basin, including Las Vegas, could see rain today, the National Weather Service is predicting.

A low-pressure system dropping down from the Pacific Northwest will bring a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms – especially in higher terrains – along with cooler temperatures to the region, according to forecasters.

The storms could produce brief, heavy rain, gusty winds, lightning, slick roads and, in elevations above 7,000 feet, snow.

In the Las Vegas Valley, forecasters are calling for a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. and continuing into the evening hours. Breezy conditions that began Monday are expected to continue with southwest winds at 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph possible.

The weather system also will cool temperatures after highs hovered around the 90s Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Las Vegas. Today’s high is expected to reach 74.

Since Jan. 1, the National Weather Service in Las Vegas has measured .30 inches of rain at McCarran International Airport, its official weather recording station in Las Vegas. The most recent rain was April 26, when a trace amount of rain was recorded, NWS records showed.

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