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Las Vegas Snowed In


17 Dec 08 - A record-breaking snowstorm blanketed the Las Vegas Valley on Wednesday. The snowstorm stopped flights from landing or leaving at McCarran International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"No planes are departing for Las Vegas from anywhere in the U.S. right now," said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

Gregor said the airport doesn't have snow removal or deicing equipment, which means there's no way for snow-covered planes to leave safely.

As much as 8 inches of snow fell in parts of the valley, forecasters said this morning. 

The rarities continued Wednesday night with the Clark County School District's announcement that students are getting a snow day today, the first snow day for Clark County students since 1979.

John Adair, a meterologist with the National Weather Service's Las Vegas office, said as of 2:30 p.m. the entire Las Vegas Valley was receiving either snow or sleet.

“This is a very rare snow event,” Adair said.

              As I’ve been saying, I expect these ‘rare’ events to become
              almost commonplace.

Interstate 15 was closed at 1:30 p.m. in each direction at Primm due to snow and icy conditions, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced.

U.S. Highway 95 was closed from Railroad Pass to state Route 163, the Laughlin turnoff.

Chains, snow tires, or four wheel drive vehicle restrictions are in place for Mountain Springs and Mount Charleston.

State routes 163, 164 and 165 have been closed in both directions due to the weather. State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump was closed as well.

The 3.6 inches of snow through late Wednesday at the weather service office two miles southwest of McCarran International Airport set a record for the most snow ever in the month of December in Las Vegas since the beginning of official records in 1937, the weather service said.

               A record, not just for the day, but for the entire month

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