A rare pre-winter storm brought the desert town of Las Vegas its heaviest snowfall in nearly 30 years yesterday, closing the airport and main roads.
Several inches coated marquees on the Las Vegas Strip and weighed down palm trees.
The storm also dumped snow and rain on much of southern California and other parts of Nevada. Weathermen measured 3.6 inches of snow overnight at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport, and about two inches was left before dawn on the ground near the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.
"Snow is not unknown in the Las Vegas valley. On average we get 1/2 inch of snow a year," said a meteorological expert. "But this amount made it a significant storm.
“We haven't had this amount of snow since 1979."
The weather service recorded 7.5 inches of snow which fell at McCarran on January 30-31, 1979.
The snow prompted the cancellation of all flights in and out of Vegas