Snow in the desert: Record snowfall comes to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — A spectacular winter wonderland comes to reality in southern Nevada, when snow blanketed the Las Vegas Valley with 3 inches of snowfall.

Vegas residents trekked to this park in Summerlin to throw snow balls and build snowmen — a rare sight in the desert Las Vegas.

According to National Weather Service records, in January 1949, 16.7 inches of snow came down that month. This Wednesday marked the fourth day Las Vegas recorded a trace of snow this February.

The snowiest February happened in 1939, when 4.1 inches fell.

The last time Vegas had measurable snow was just over a decade ago when 3.6 inches fell on December 17, 2008.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, McCarran international airport was expecting flight delays averaging 2 hours and 19 minutes due to weather, snow, and ice conditions.

Roughly 51 arrivals and 70 departing flights had been canceled as of 8 AM.

Travelers are encouraged to check the status of their flight’s status.

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