NWS issues Winter Storm Watch for Mesquite, Clark County areas

MESQUITE, Nevada – The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a “Winter Storm Watch” for Clark County in effect from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. Friday.

Affected areas

Dots denote affected area at radar time 7:02 p.m., Mesquite, Nevada, Dec. 28, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service | Click on photo to enlarge
Dots denote affected area at radar time 7:02 p.m., Mesquite, Nevada, Dec. 28, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service | Click on photo to enlarge

Northeast Clark County, Las Vegas Valley, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, southern Clark County, Las Vegas and north Las Vegas.

Timing

Precipitation is expected to begin Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night and be steadiest and heaviest Wednesday morning into Wednesday evening, then taper off late Wednesday evening into New Year’s Day. Snow could be steadiest and heaviest in the Las Vegas valley on New Year’s Eve in the afternoon and evening hours.

Snow level

Snow levels are expected to start between 2,500 and 3,000 feet then lower to around 2,000 feet.

Snow accumulation 

A trace to 3 inches is expected in most areas above 2,000 feet, with locally higher amounts possible, especially in any areas that sit under any precipitation bands longer or sit in favorable terrain locations. Some wet snow may mix in with rain as low as 1,500 feet, but is not expected to accumulate.

Winds

North to northeast winds at 5 to 10 mph with gusts of 15 to 20 mph.

Impact

Travel could be difficult, if not impossible, on area roads, passes, grades and summits would be the most treacherous. Areas and roads in lower elevations where snow removal equipment is very limited. Travel from southern California could be impacted along interstate 15 in many locations between the Cajon Pass and Las Vegas. In the Las Vegas valley, hilly roads on the outskirts of town will be the most difficult to drive on.

Precautionary preparedness actions

A Winter Storm Watch means conditions could be favorable for developing hazardous winter weather, but remains uncertain.

Monitor your favorite local media source for updated forecasts. Remain alert to changing weather conditions and if travel is necessary, motorists should take the necessary precautions.

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4 Comments

  • tight magic undies December 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Good thing we got a “family friendly” bash going on right here in good old St. Geezy. Everyone have a good time! Punch and cookies for everybody! ( anyone dancing will be shot ) . Have fun all!

    • tight magic undies December 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Just in case you thought about going to Vegas, the ghost of Joe Smith says no with a winter blast!!!!! There will be none of this craziness!

  • Renee December 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    So lucky that I am visiting in Ottawa Canada, mild, sunny and no snow.

  • DB December 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Let’s see…Las Vegas, New Year’s Eve, a town chock full of L.A. drivers…snow…What could possibly go wrong?

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