Published Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 | 6:58 a.m.
Updated Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 | 4:12 p.m.
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Bundle up. And keep your snow chains handy.
More wet and snowy weather — plus freezing temperatures — are in store for Las Vegas area starting tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
And forecasters are saying that even the lower elevations in the Las Vegas Valley could get as much as 1 to 3 inches of snow by the time the latest storm passes through Thursday morning.
This afternoon, the weather service in Las Vegas replaced its Winter Storm Watch with a Winter Weather Advisory, saying that a strong Pacific storm will move inland across southern California and Arizona Wednesday and Wednesday night, bringing "significant snowfall" to the Mojave Desert regions above 3,000 feet in elevation. An advisory for snow is issued when periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.
"Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities ... and use caution while driving," the weather service said.
The advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and includes the Las Vegas Valley. Cities in the area include Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite and Pahrump.
"Significant snowfall is expected again over Clark County at elevations around 3,000 feet ... including the Las Vegas Valley," the weather service said.
Accumulations of 3 to 5 inches will be possible between 3,000 and 4,000 feet for the entire advisory area, the weather service said.
Some of the lower deserts down to 2,500 feet ... could also see accumulations of 1 to 3 inches," the weather service said.
Temperatures will start falling off tonight and the low will drop to around the 32-degree freezing point overnight, the weather service said.
There's a 20 percent chance of rain this evening, with snow showers expected in the higher elevations, the weather service said.
There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation Wednesday for Las Vegas, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 42 degrees. Rain is likely before 6 p.m., then showers a likely mainly before 10 p.m. The low will reach to about 35 degrees, with west to northwest winds between 5 and 11 mph.
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