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Rain spreads across valley, mountain peaks could get 2 feet of snow

Updated March 15, 2023 - 6:23 pm

Rain was spreading across the Las Vegas Valley on Wednesday afternoon while a winter weather advisory remained in effect for the Spring Mountains until 11 p.m.

Harry Reid International Airport received a gust of 31 mph and rain began to call about 3:15 p.m. The temperature reached 67 just before 2 p.m. before dropping 10 degrees by 3:40 p.m.

There remains a 20 percent to 50 percent chance of showers Wednesday. Skies should be clear on Thursday, with a predicted high of 65.

In the mountains, Lee Canyon recorded a foot of snow in the past 24 hours.

An additional 4 to 8 inches of snow was forecast between 8,000 and 9,000 feet with up to 2 feet possible at the peaks. Snow levels were expected to lower to around 7,000 feet, the National Weather Service said.

Winds in the Spring Mountains were expected to gust up to 50 mph. Red Rock Canyon had gusts around 30 mph on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier, roads and attractions in Southern Nevada got off to a rough start Wednesday because of wet weather.

The opening of the scenic Drive at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area was delayed Wednesday morning due to flash flooding at Oak Creek, causing unsafe driving conditions on the road, the agency posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Nevada Department of Transportation said Wednesday morning that state Route 159 was closed in both directions from West Calico Basin Road to state Route 160. By mid-afternoon the road was open.

Red Rock Canyon has had an eventful March when it comes to weather. Almost two weeks ago, the opening of its scenic drive was delayed due to ice on the road.

Contact Tony Garcia at tgarcia@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0307. Follow @TonyGLVNews on Twitter. Review-Journal digital producer Marvin Clemons contributed to this report.

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