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January 25, 2015

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Snow possible Thursday night at Mount Charleston as storm moves in

Don't be surprised if you see the first dusting of snow on Mount Charleston late Thursday night or Friday morning.

"The possibility of an inch or two wouldn't be out of the question at the ski resort," Chris Stachelski, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Tuesday afternoon.

An unseasonably strong fall weather system will move Wednesday through Friday through the Las Vegas area, bringing in cooler weather, rain, isolated thunderstorms and even snow to elevations above 8,000 feet in area mountains, Stachelski said.

Some of the stronger storms have the potential of producing flash flooding and gusty winds in excess of 60 mph, he said.

Afternoon temperatures will climb Thursday and Friday in Las Vegas to only the low- to mid-70s, which is 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this time of year.

At Mount Charleston, which is about 30 miles west of downtown Las Vegas, the storms will bring mostly showers and thunderstorms, Stachelski said.

However, temperatures dropping into the upper 30s on Thursday night and Friday morning could lead to snow at the peak of Mount Charleston, which is at 11,916 feet, he said. Little or no snow accumulation is expected in the town.

Stachelski said there was about a half-inch to an inch of white stuff that fell Sept. 10 in Lee Canyon — but that was found to be hail, not true snow, he said.

Thursday's snow could be the first accumulation this year, he said. Normally, Mount Charleston will get its first snow anywhere from late September through mid October, he said.

The Mount Charleston Ski & Snowboard Resort will open Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.

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