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PHOTO: Storm Clouds Gather at Red Rock

PHOTO: Storm Clouds Gather at Red Rock

8 News NOW viewer Sue Thompson sent in this impressive photograph of storm clouds gathering Monday afternoon in the Red Rock National Conservation Area. The storm brought high winds and overnight rain to southern Nevada.

Lack of Snow Closes Mt. Charleston Sledding Area

 

The snow isn't coming anywhere in the West and Mt. Charleston is no exception.

Lack of snow on Mt. Charleston has forced the U.S. Forest Service to close its designated sledding area in Lee Canyon until snow levels reach 12 inches.

The unusually warm, dry winter weather has melted much of last month’s snowfall, revealing patches of dirt.

“The current condition is very hazardous for sledding,” said Gar Abbas, Acting Area Manager for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. “Exposed rocks and roots, combined with occasional icy patches, pose extreme danger to our visitors."

In addition to being dangerous, sledding when there is less than a foot of snow on the ground can permanently damage plants and soil. Visitors are still welcome to visit the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area for other activities. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort makes its own snow and is open for business.

Snow Begins to Pile Up for Ski Resort

Snow Begins to Pile Up for Ski Resort

 

Last weekend’s winter weather gave the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort a head start on its 2011-12 season.

Resort officials report 8 inches of new snow from Friday alone, which accumulated at a rate of an inch per hour.

LVSSR’s ski patrol took to the mountain Saturday for training. The resort plans to open Friday, Nov. 25 – the day after Thanksgiving – for its season.