Updated November 18, 2019 - 10:19 pm
The Las Vegas Valley will see some big changes in the weather by midweek, including the season’s first major snowfall in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
The week began with sunny skies with a high of 78 degrees, but it won’t be long before clouds — and rain — move in, according to the weather service, which says it has not rained in Las Vegas in eight weeks.
Tuesday will bring a 30 percent chance of rain in the afternoon, meteorologist Barry Pierce said. The high should reach 78, he added.
The chance for rain goes up to 80 percent on Wednesday, with the high temperature falling to the low 60s. On Wednesday, the chance of rain drops to 50 percent, and the high temperature drops to 58.
⚠️Winter Storm Warnings!⚠️
❄️ Where? Eastern Sierra Slopes & White Mtns of Inyo Co & the Spring Mtns & Sheep Range of Clark Co.
❄️Why? Heavy snow & wind gusts 25-35 mph.
❄️When? 4am PST Wed – 4pm PST Thu.
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) November 18, 2019
Along with the rain in the valley, Wednesday also should have the season’s first chance of significant snowfall in the higher elevations.
A winter storm warning will go into effect Wednesday morning for the Spring Mountains and Sheep Range, which each could get accumulations of up to 20 to 25 inches.