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Rain falls on Las Vegas, but not a lot of it

About 0.02 inches of rain fell on Las Vegas overnight, giving a glimpse of the muggy and rainy conditions meteorologists expect today.

The soggy start to the day isn’t out of the norm for this time of year, a National Weather Service in Las Vegas meteorologist said this morning. But the weak storm system comes on the heels of unseasonably high temperatures.

A record high was set Wednesday when temperatures reached 70 degrees in Las Vegas.

But the rainfall isn’t even close to making the record books.

So far this month, 0.1 inches of rain have fallen at the official monitoring site at McCarran International Airport, which is well under the average January rainfall of 0.59 inches, meteorologist Jerome Jacques said.

“We get these weak storms in the winter,” he said. “We don’t get the gully washers out of these systems like in the summer.”

Light rain is expected throughout the rest of today and a cloudy, cooler weekend is ahead for the weekend. Another storm system might enter the valley around Tuesday, but there is only about a 20 percent chance of rain at that time, Jacques said.

 

Contact reporter Maggie Lillis at mlillis@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0279.

 

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