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May 23, 2019

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Snowmen in Summerlin: Las Vegas gets hit with a wintry blast

snow at red rock

Special to the Sun / Earl Brown

An aerial view of Red Rock covered in snow on Feb. 23, 2015.

Updated Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 | 1:26 p.m.

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Snow-covered mountains are shown behind the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort on Mount Charleston received 10 inches of new snow, according to the weather service.

People were busy snapping pictures and making snowmen this morning after an overnight storm dumped up to 2 inches of snow in the Summerlin area and 10 inches or more on Mount Charleston.

Snow started falling about 1 a.m. in Summerlin and continued for several hours, National Weather Service meteorologist Justin Pullin said.

The Mountain’s Edge area also got about a half inch of snow.

Heavier snowfall was reported in the surrounding mountains, with 10 inches at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort on Mount Charleston, Pullin said.

Snow tires or chains were being required for vehicles traveling between Las Vegas and Pahrump on State Route 160, according to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

The falling snowflakes created quite the buzz in a valley that doesn’t get snow very often. People posted pictures on social media and shared stories of how they enjoyed or were surprised by the snow.

LaChelle Ann, a recent Chicago transplant who now lives in Summerlin, said she had been hoping to miss the snow this year.

“We moved to Vegas (in August) and we were like, ‘Cool we’ll never have to deal with snow again,’” she said. “I woke up this morning and I was like, ‘Is this a joke?’”

She said there was about an inch of snow outside.

“My dog has never seen the snow, never touched the snow and wouldn’t even go outside,” she said.

In other parts of the valley, about a half inch of rain fell starting Sunday evening, with some areas getting slightly more, Pullin said.

Most of the precipitation should be over for today, as the storm continues to move east out of the area, officials said.

The rest of the day is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high of about 50 degrees on the west side of the valley and up to 54 on the east side.

Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a highs of 60 to 65 degrees and wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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