A record setting snow in Las Vegas, NV hit the headlines this morning and the storm isn’t done yet. Watches, warnings and advisories for heavy snow and ice have been posted ahead the storm from Kansas City to Chicago to Cleveland to Boston. The 3.6″ snowfall at the National Weather Service forecast office located two miles southwest of McCarran International airport, was the most ever measured in December in Las Vegas since official record keeping began back in 1937. In fact, the National Weather Service reports that measurable snow has fallen in Las Vegas only 5 times in the month of December since 1937. More reports from the National Weather Service on this rare desert snowstorm are posted below.
For Baltimore, the Vegas snowstorm will likely bring rain as it tracks into the Ohio Valley and passes just north of us Friday night. The next storm in the pipeline, however, is just now moving into the Pacific Northwest and it may bring some wintry weather into the Baltimore area on Sunday. It is forecast to drop southeast toward Denver before making the turn to the east on Saturday. On a track slightly farther to the south than Friday’s storm, this one could produce some snow and sleet just as winter is set to officially begin with the winter solstice at 7:04 a.m. EST Sunday.
LAS VEGAS SNOWSTORM WRAP-UP
RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV
1245 AM PST THU DEC 18 2008
…LAS VEGAS HITS THE JACKPOT FOR SNOW IN DECEMBER…
AN ALL-TIME RECORD SNOW FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER IN LAS VEGAS WAS SET YESTERDAY DECEMBER 17TH 2008. 3.6 INCHES OF SNOW WAS MEASURED AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE LOCATED ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THIS BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE MOST SNOW EVER IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER IN LAS VEGAS SINCE THE START OF OFFICIAL RECORDS IN 1937 WHICH WAS 2.0 INCHES ON DECEMBER 15TH 1967. THIS IS NOW THE 8TH GREATEST SNOWSTORM EVER IN OFFICIAL LAS VEGAS WEATHER RECORDS FOR ANY MONTH. THE 3.6 INCHES OF SNOW MEASURED YESTERDAY ALSO SET A NEW DAILY RECORD FOR SNOW FOR
DECEMBER 17TH BREAKING THE OLD RECORD OF A TRACE SET IN 1992.
MEASURABLE SNOW HAS ONLY FALLEN ON 5 INSTANCES SINCE 1937 IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER IN LAS VEGAS COUNTING YESTERDAY…2.0 INCHES OF SNOW WAS MEASURED ON DECEMBER 15TH 1967…0.4 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON DECEMBER 5TH 1972…1.0 INCH OF SNOW WAS RECORDED ON DECEMBER 6TH 1998 AND MORE RECENTLY 1.3 INCHES OF SNOW WAS RECORDED ON DECEMBER 30TH 2003. THUS THE 3.6 INCHES OF SNOW THAT FELL YESTERDAY IS THE MOST SNOW TO EVER FALL ON A CALENDER DAY IN DECEMBER IN LAS VEGAS.
THE 3.6 INCHES OF SNOW THAT FELL AT LAS VEGAS YESTERDAY WAS THE MOST SNOW TO FALL IN LAS VEGAS FROM A SINGLE STORM SINCE 7.8 INCHES OF SNOW FROM JANUARY 30TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 2ND IN 1979.
DECEMBER 2008 WILL NOW RANK AS THE 6TH SNOWIEST MONTH EVER IN LAS VEGAS SINCE 1937. THE SNOWIEST MONTH EVER WAS WAY BACK IN JANUARY 1949 WHEN 16.7 INCHES FELL. THE LAST TIME THIS MUCH SNOW FELL IN ANY MONTH IN LAS VEGAS WAS IN JANUARY 1979 WHEN 9.9 INCHES FELL.
SNOWFALL RECORDS IN LAS VEGAS WERE RECORDED AT MCCARRAN
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT THROUGH JANUARY 31ST 1996 AND SINCE FEBRUARY 1ST 1996 HAVE BEEN KEPT AT THE NWS OFFICE ON DEAN MARTIN ROAD.
IN ADDITION…A DAILY LIQUID PRECIPITATION RECORD WAS SET AT
MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT YESTERDAY WITH 0.73 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION RECORDED. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.44 INCHES FOR DECEMBER 17TH SET IN 1940.