Snow and frigid air are two rarities for the Las Vegas Valley, but both are included in the area's forecast this week.
A massive winter storm sweeping through the country, has blanketed some places with heavy snow. Behind that snow comes a blast of cold air sure to make Santa Claus feel right at home.
Part of that storm moved through southern Nevada on Tuesday, bringing blustery conditions and scattered showers. Some neighborhoods even saw a brief bit of snow or sleet late Tuesday night. That system moved east by early Wednesday morning, ushering in the bitter cold.
The National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning for much of Clark County and the southern part of Nye County from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 9 a.m. Friday.
Forecasters said temperatures will plummet into the middle and upper 20s for many locations Wednesday night. They said those bone-chilling nights will stick around for at least the next seven days. The daytime will provide little relief from the deep freeze, as the mercury will struggle to reach the middle 40s for the foreseeable future. On average, the Las Vegas Valley sees high temperatures in the upper 50s for highs and lower 40s for lows.
Experts said people should take precautions now to protect outdoor plants and plumbing.
Saturday will bring the second atypical part of a Las Vegas forecast - snow. FOX5 Chief Meteorologist Ted Pretty said both rain and snow are expected across southern Nevada. He said snow levels will likely drop to low enough to include most Valley locations. He said major accumulations of snow are not likely.
The extended forecast keeps Las Vegas cold through Tuesday with temperatures in the middle 40s during the day and in the 30s at night.
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