Expect cold temps in valley, maybe snow at Mount Charleston this weekend

Mount Charleston could see its first snow of the season this weekend, as a storm moves through that should bring rain and cooler temperatures to Southern Nevada.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Saturday through late Monday for portions of the Spring and Sheep mountains above 8,500 feet.

Meteorologist Chad Shafer said the forecast calls for the mountains above 8,500 feet to receive between a trace and 3 inches of snow. Accumulations above 9,000 feet could approach 6 inches.

“Definitely take extra precautions this weekend if you’re in the high country,” he said. “It’s a situation that could turn pretty dangerous if you’re out hiking or camping.”

Daytime temperatures in the Las Vegas Valley are expected to drop into the low 70s by Monday.

The forecast calls for a high of 88 degrees and a low of 69 Saturday, a high of 82 and low of 70 Sunday, and a high of 73 and low of 63 Monday. Rain is a possibility all weekend, though the best chance is between Sunday night and Monday morning, Shafer said.

The change in the weather comes on the heels of the warmest September on record in Las Vegas, which was capped off Wednesday with a high of 101.

Contact Henry Brean at hbrean@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0350. Find him on Twitter: @RefriedBrean

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