Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 | 10:45 p.m.
Winter weather is expected to arrive in the Las Vegas Valley on Friday bearing gifts for rain and snow lovers.
The highest peaks in the Mount Charleston area may see up to 12 inches of snow, and there's a healthy chance of showers in the valley, according to the National Weather Service.
Moisture will move into Southern Nevada as a result of a storm system expected to travel across California this week, Weather Service meteorologist John Adair said.
The moisture will affect Northern California late Wednesday before heading southeast and reaching Southern Nevada on Friday, he said.
The storm brings with it an 80 percent chance of rain for the valley, Adair said. The Weather Service forecasts that the best chance for a quick shot of steady rain will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lingering showers are expected to stay in the valley Friday night through Saturday morning, Adair said.
In the Mount Charleston area, peaks above 7,500 feet could see snow between 6 and 12 inches Friday, he said.
A winter storm watch will be in effect for the area Friday morning and late into the night due to the potential for hazardous weather.
The Weather Service forecasts that temperatures will reach a high Wednesday of about 67 degrees and a low of 52 degrees in the valley, he said.
Winds are expected to pick up Thursday, Adair said.
The chilly air and chance for rain are expected to continue as forecasts show a weaker storm system moving into Southern Nevada next week.