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Las Vegas enjoys near-record warm January day

Tourists and residents alike took advantage of the warm sunshine Saturday in Las Vegas, as the temperature rose above 70 degrees.

Saturday reached 71 degrees in the Las Vegas Valley, 2 degrees short of the 1976 record for Jan. 16, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jenn Varian.

“It peaks today,” she said Saturday night after several days of near-70 temperatures. “It’ll remain in the upper 60s through Monday and then drop back into the 50s on Tuesday.”

Thursday and Friday hit a high of 68, and Sunday is expected to reach 69.

Saturday’s sunshine meant a wet day on Mount Charleston, where by 7 p.m. all snow at the fire station had melted. Varian said Lee Canyon Ski Resort still has at least a few inches, and Tuesday may mean another chance of snow there.

There’s a 20 percent chance of rain in the valley Tuesday and a 30 percent chance of snow on the mountain.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at sschnur@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.

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