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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Mount Charleston Area Thursday, Friday


Contact:  Stacey Welling

                 Sr. Public Information Officer 





(702) 455-3201

(702) 249-3823  

For Immediate Release                                               Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011


Winter Storm Warning Issued

for Mount Charleston Area Thursday, Friday

            With snow expected in the Mount Charleston area and cooler temperatures coming to the Las Vegas Valley, Clark County emergency management officials are reminding residents to use caution as winter arrives in the region. 

            The Las Vegas office of the National Weather Service,, has issued a winter storm warning for the Spring Mountains, which include Mount Charleston, and the Sheep Mountains. Seven to 14 inches of snow is expected in elevations over 4,500 feet starting Thursday morning and continuing into Friday. An inch of snow is possible at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitor Center as well as in areas around Searchlight and along Nipton Road. Higher elevations of Summerlin and Henderson could see some snow flurries. Near-freezing temperatures in the high 30s also are expected at night in Las Vegas Thursday and Friday and into the weekend. 

            “We aren’t used to winter weather in our region, so it’s a good time to remind our residents to keep some safety tips in mind when it comes to adjusting to cold weather and venturing into the mountains if there’s snow,” said Irene Navis, manager of Clark County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  Suggestions include: 

  • Stay tuned to local TV or radio stations or NOAA Weather Radio for weather information. 
  • Use extreme caution while driving in ice or snow.
    • Drive slowly and allow for greater braking distances.
    • Accelerate and brake gradually.
    • If coming from remote areas, drive with a full tank of gas and a cell phone. Also carry blankets, water, and sustainable food.
    • If you are stuck in a vehicle, stay in your vehicle and wait for help. Make the vehicle visible to rescuers. Tie brightly-colored cloth (preferably red) on your antenna or door.
    • Run the engine occasionally to keep warm, about 10 minutes each hour. Carbon monoxide can build up inside a standing vehicle while the engine is running.


  • Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. 
  • When outside in cold temperatures, dress to stay dry and to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia. Wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers. Outer garments should be tightly-woven, water repellent and have a hood.  
  • Protect pipes from freezing by:
    • Wrapping pipes in insulation or layers of newspaper and then covering them with plastic to keep out moisture.
    • Letting faucets drip a little.
  •  Operate space heaters according to manufacturer’s guidelines. 
  • Never use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens, or clothes dryers to heat your home. 
  • Do not use charcoal grills inside or in attached garages. 
  • Never use a portable generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, including inside your home, garage, basement, or crawl space – even in areas with ventilation. 
  • Always locate portable generators outdoors away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide (CO) to come indoors. 
  • Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your home that meets safety standards. Battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery backup also are available.  


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 40 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.


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