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July 31, 2014

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Clouds moving in, but warm weather persists in Las Vegas

January to end without a single day of freezing weather, forecasters say

Expect some high clouds today, with temperatures climbing into the low 60s for Las Vegas, says Kevin Janison, KSNV-TV meteorologist.

"We will get some sunshine in between the high clouds," Janison said.

But unlike 33 years ago, Las Vegas won't see any snow. Janison pointed out that on Jan. 31, 1979, it started snowing in Las Vegas. And after three days of winter storms, more than 7 inches of snow had smothered Las Vegas, closing school and the airport, he said.

But relatively warm weather is expected today, with not much moisture coming in with the clouds, he said.

"We're going to be dealing with these clouds for a while," Janison said. "The last system that comes through will bring some wind. And we expect that Thursday afternoon into Friday."

According to the National Weather Service, January will close out without the temperature dropping to the 32-degree freezing mark. The coldest low temperatures at the official Las Vegas climate station at McCarran International Airport so far this January has been 34 degrees on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17, the weather service said. Las Vegas usually sees three days with a low of 32 degrees or below in January based on normals from 1981 to 2010.

This will mark only the fifth time in Las Vegas since records started in 1937 that we have not recorded a freezing temperature in January at the official climate station.

The other freeze-free Januaries in Las Vegas were 1995, 2003, 2005 and 2010.

This morning’s low at McCarran was expected to be 43 degrees. The normal low for today's date is 41 degrees. The record low was 19 degrees, set in 1949, 1948 and 1946.

Temperatures at McCarran were to rise today to 51 degrees by 9 a.m., to 60 degrees by noon and reach a high of 64 degrees by 1 p.m., forecasters said. The normal high for today's date is 60 degrees and the record high was 75 degrees, set in 2003.

Temperatures are expected to drop to 59 degrees by 6 p.m., to 52 degrees by 9 p.m. and to 49 degrees by midnight, forecasters said.

Wednesday's morning low will be 44 degrees and Wednesday's high will climb to 64 degrees, they said.

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