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September 15, 2014

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Get ready for rain in the valley, snow in the mountains

A storm system is expected to pass through Clark County Friday, bringing rain to the Las Vegas Valley and snow to the mountains.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas issued a winter weather advisory for areas of Çlark County above 5,000 feet of elevation starting Friday and ending Saturday. Meteorologist Reid Wolcott predicted the storm would bring between three to six inches of snow to the mountains surrounding the valley.

The valley is expected to receive a steady patter of rain throughout Friday afternoon. The rain isn’t expected to cause flash floods, but Wolcott said people should prepare for messy roadways.

The lack of rain has allowed the pavement to accumulate a layer of grease and oil from cars that, when wet, creates a slippery, ice-like sheen over the road. Wolcott said the rain could arrive as people are leaving work, creating potentially dangerous road conditions.

“Slick roads will be the big thing,” Wolcott said. “It’s been a while since it really rained here, so drivers just need to take it easy and get used to driving in the rain again.”

Once the storm passes, however, Wolcott said it is predicted to warm up to 80-degrees by the middle of next week.

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