Everyone is talking about the snow storm in Vegas.
According to the National Weather Service, the final snow tally from the Vegas winter storm is 3.6 inches. This is the most snow ever in the month of December in Las Vegas since the start of official records which began in 1937. Measurable snow has only fallen on four instances since 1937 in the month of December in Las Vegas counting Wednesday’s snowfall This is now the 8th greatest snowstorm ever in Las Vegas for any month.
Other notable Vegas area snowfalls;
- This snow was the highest snow accumulation recorded in the month of December in Las Vegas since the start of official records in 1937.
- The previous record was 2 inches of snow, which fell on Dec. 15, 1967.
In 1979 7.8 inches fell in a 48-hour period beginning Jan. 30.
- The snowfall record was set in January 1949 with 9.7 inches falling over two days, according to the weather service.
So much for what happens in Vegas- stays in Vegas. According to NOAA, this weather system is moving into the Central Plains where it will pull moisture into the center of the nation, fueling widespread precipitation Mississippi River Valley. With temperatures remaining below freezing, a bulk of this precipitation will consist of a wintry mix. Areas in the midwest, such as Illinois are getting an ice storm.
An ice storm warning is in effect generally along and south of a line from Sigourney, Iowa to Princeton, Illinois. Ice accumulations of one to three quarters of an inch are expected…with locally higher amounts possible. Winter storm warnings are in effect for areas along and north of I-80. Heavy snow of 7 to 10 inches and locally higher amounts is expected north of highway 30. Between highway 30 and I-80, a mixture of snow, sleet, and some freezing rain is expected. 2 to 6 inches of snow and sleet accumulations will occur here…with some ice accumulation up to a quarter inch. Another winter storm will impact the region Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Some accumulating snow is expected with this storm, along with sharply colder temperatures and strong winds. The winds may produce significant blowing and drifting snow Saturday night into Sunday. NOAA