Las Vegas desert rats who aren’t used to cold temperatures should prepare to stay cold for another couple of days.
Meteorologist Chris Stumpf of the National Weather Service said it’s going to get colder.
“It’s going to get worse,” he said Saturday. “It won’t start to warm up until at least Wednesday.”
Parts of the valley such as Red Rock and Centennial Hills saw a few snow flurries Saturday morning, but it wasn’t enough to stick to the ground.
Sunday’s high is expected to be 40 degrees, with Monday’s high will be 39 degrees. Stumpf said the lows will dip into the 20s over the next couple of days, with an expected 23 degrees expected at sunrise Tuesday morning.
Don’t expect the winds to go away anytime soon, though. According to Stumpf, wind gusts could reach up to 50 mph on Monday, but rain and snow aren’t in the forecast.
The high winds forced officials at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area to cancel Saturday night’s Boat Parade of Lights where up to 50 boats decorated in Christmas lights were to sail through the Bridgewater Channel.
Mount Charleston received a few more inches of snow on Saturday, and the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort has seen an increase in its business.
“I expect Sunday to be pretty busy,” said Maria Norero, marketing director for the resort. “People get kind of scared to come up the day that it snows. They’re intimidated when driving up, but we’re busier today than we expected to be.”
Around 600 people made their way to the resort on Saturday, and the extra snow on the mountain has opened up all the runs at the resort.
“There wasn’t enough snow to open all the terrains last year,” Norero said. “That’s one of the reasons we’ve been busier.”
Norero expects more people to start coming to the resort as both the temperatures and the snow continue to fall.
“We’re definitely getting dumped on,” she said.
Things are looking even better at ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area. Around Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood reported the storm dumped 2 to 3 feet of snow over a 24-hour period ending Saturday morning. Heavenly reported 24 to 30 inches of new snow and Squaw Valley 20 inches.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact reporter Steven Slivka at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.