Las Vegas area hit with weather-related road closures, power outages

Weather conditions have prompted several road closures Tuesday on the outskirts of the Las Vegas Valley and cut off power to about 300 customers on Mount Charleston.

State routes 156 and 157 -- Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon roads leading to Mount Charleston -- are closed because of unusually heavy snow, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. It's not clear when the roads will reopen. Crews are clearing the snow.

NV Energy is working to repair four downed power lines after 2 feet of snow fell on the mountain Monday night. Company spokesman Mark Severts said crews were having difficulty getting to the lines, and some customers could be without power for 72 hours.

Severts described Tuesday's conditions as the "worst snowstorm" in recent memory of his company's crew. He said another power line went down in the Angle Peak area, and his crew will work on it, but not until daylight.

Also, the 13-mile scenic drive and visitor center at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area were closed Tuesday because of debris on the road from flooding, the Bureau of Land Management said. The agency will evaluate reopening the road Wednesday morning.

Arroyo Road in Blue Diamond and Bonnie Springs Road near Red Rock are closed because of floodwaters.

The storm system that arrived Friday has dumped more than half an inch of rain in the valley, including 0.35 inches officially on Monday. More rain is expected through Thursday, with the heaviest rain coming Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash-flood watch for Clark County remains in effect through Wednesday.

Dave Hawkins, special to the Review-Journal, contributed to this report.

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