Snow Blankets Las Vegas Valley

(Dec. 30) -- A sight not often seen in Las Vegas -- snow! The snow started falling at about midnight and continued through the night blanketing most of the city. In some areas, the snow stuck around past noon.

It certainly was a winter wonderland as kids of all ages enjoyed the rare event. As much as three inches of snow fell in the early morning hours leaving a white blanket over much of the western and northwestern sections of the valley.

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area about 20 miles west of town is closed due to slippery roads. For the first time in several years, residents woke up to an unusual sight. There was snow on cars, roads and trees.

The wild winter weather startled many people in the Valley because cleaning snow from cars and making snowmen is not something most of us are used to doing here. "I think it's unbelievable. It's never did this here before," one resident commented with delight. "We're building snowmen and were doing snowball fights. And I'm throwing snowballs at my mom," exclaimed a kid on holiday break.

All of us were surprised when we looked out our windows Tuesday morning. Some people decided to break out their sleds and go to Desert Breeze Park. But some tourists Eyewitness News spoke with who were planning on spending New Year's Eve in sunny Las Vegas -- were a bit disappointed.

A tourist named David Brown asked laughing, "Why is it snowing in Las Vegas?" And that's the question many tourists were asking when they peered out of their hotel windows.

Terrance Walker, another tourist commented, "I was looking up in the mountains at first then I looked down and saw it on the ground and I was like it's actually snowing on the ground!" Terrence Walker and Stacey Howard are from Ohio. They were hoping that by coming to Las Vegas they could get away from the white stuff. "It was wild. I really didn't expect it to get so cold. It's really cold," Stacey said, wishing for warmth. But thankfully she came prepared.

Others like Penny Jean did not bring a coat because they were expecting typical Las Vegas sun and fun. "I have a bathing suit, and I really hoped the weather would be nice enough to take a quick dip, and that's not happening, so we'll have to look for a hot tub."

But the snow was exactly what some desert dwellers were looking for. Valley resident Shawn Miller was really loving the snow. "It's fun and cold. I think it's really cool, and it's the first time I've seen snow around here in Las Vegas."

One to three inches of snow fell across the Valley, clinging to the trees and blanketing the ground. As soon as many families realized the snow was here to stay at least for a while, they threw on their hats and coats and ran outside. The Valley was filled with snowball fights, snow men and kids sliding down any slope they could find Tuesday morning. And for many children too young to remember the last significant snowfall five years ago -- snow in the Valley was a shocking sight.

We'd like to thank to our viewers and website visitors for submitting pictures of the snow.


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