Winter storm brings snow to Lee Canyon

LAS VEGAS - While the winter storm proved to be bothersome for most people in the Las Vegas valley, others were excited for what it would mean at higher elevations.

Snowboarders are geared up and ready to hit the slopes and the fresh snow.

so how excited are they?

"I'm stoked," said snowboarder Dylan Barschborf.

This is the first time since Lee Canyon opened for the winter season that the snow guns are catching a break.

"Happy to be out here finally with actual snow, not fake snow," said snowboarder Cameron Laughton.

"It's awesome to be out here with the snow coming down this hard," said snowboarder Roberto Guerrero. "I know it's late in the season but we just keep praying for snow."

Lee Canyon could get as much as a foot of snow. However, sleet falling during the first half of the day made for a slippery ride down the slopes.

"Nice and wet," according to snowboarder Ricky Castro.

The weather also caused some visibility problems on the road.

"We've had several layers of dense fog going up the mountain and sometimes visibility has been down to maybe 100 feet, 200 feet," said Trooper Jason Buratczuk, NHP.

NDOT trucks spent part of the day dropping sand on some roads and snow plows are on standby.
NHP is also reminding drivers to be extra cautious.

"If you're coming up make sure you have your headlights on, increase your following distance," Trooper Buratczuk said.

Troopers will be checking for snow chains and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Meanwhile, the snowboarders don't mind the winter driving conditions.

"It was easy. It was just a little wet, but that's good," Laughton said.

It's expected to be a busy weekend up on the mountain, especially with this fresh snowfall.


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