Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

By this time you have probably heard about the snow storm in Las Vegas. That’s not very big news in the rest of the country, but here in the desert where our annual rainfall is 6” it was headline news. It started snowing seriously on the Strip about 2:00 PM and didn’t let up until mid evening. By that time McCarran International Airport had shut down about 4PM because of poor visibility, only a quarter mile, and those mountains are kind of close. There was a nice traffic jam of people heading south on Eastern Ave. into Henderson. Interstate-15 was closed to Barstow, CA, so Prim and Jean casino/hotels were full of Californians and tourists who couldn’t get over the mountain passes, as was state route 160 to Pahrump. Even Railroad Pass to Boulder City was closed because of slippery conditions. And the best news of all was that the Clark County Schools would be closed today.

Part of the problem of the snowfall is that we just can’t handle it. There are no snowplows out here, and no one owns a snow shovel. That’s why all we all moved out here, to get away from snow shoveling!

On the way home from our Weaving on Wednesday get together I took some pictures on the Strip from Flamingo going south on Las Vegas Blvd, just after the heavy snow fall started and the driving wasn’t too bad. The other photos of our neighborhood were taken several hours later when we had more of an accumulation.

This morning it was a bright and shiny day, and much colder. Most of the snow in the streets is gone, but the temperatures stayed low enough that the snow stayed in places in the shade. So it still looks pretty wintry for Vegas. It was beautiful last night, a memory for the record books now.

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