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Storm shuts down Red Rock Canyon, restricts Mount Charleston travel

Updated December 26, 2019 - 4:54 pm

Interstate 15 was not the only Southern Nevada road affected Thursday by wintry weather passing through the area.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said travelers to Mount Charleston faced travel restrictions. Motorists on state Routes 156, 157 and 158 “all require snow chains or four wheel drive.”

“All vehicles without the proper equipment will not be allowed up the mountain,” the Highway Patrol tweeted.

Roads to the Spring Mountains, including those roads, were expected to be slick with 1 to 3 inches of snow and black ice possible through 10 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service warned.

State Route 160, which had been closed Thursday near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, had reopened by 3:15 p.m., the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Bureau of Land Management said the scenic loop at the Red Rock Canyon was closed as of midday. The loop and visitors center are scheduled to reopen 9 a.m. Friday, officials said in a tweet.

Contact Glenn Puit at gpuit@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0390. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter.

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