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    Snow for Las Vegas, Other Southwest Low Elevations

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
    January 03, 2011, 9:13:55 AM EST

    The same storm returning rain to Los Angeles will drop snow on unusually low elevations of the Southwest, including Las Vegas, into Monday.

    Chilly air gripping Las Vegas today has set the stage for snowflakes to fly late tonight into Monday.

    The snow should not whiten the famous Las Vegas strip, but accumulating snow threatens to make travel slick in the surrounding higher terrain.

    Before any snow gets under way in Las Vegas, substantial snow will endanger motorists traveling through the Grapevine corridor of Interstate 5 in California.

    AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel warns that the snow will leave "6 to 12 inches on the Grapevine." The majority of that snow will fall through tonight, but Samuhel added that "snow showers will linger into Monday."


    Into tonight, the snow will spread to California's Antelope Valley and the western Mojave Desert.

    Between 1 to 3 inches of snow will create slick travel in Lancaster, Edwards Air Force Base and along the Interstate 15 corridor from Victorville to Barstow.

    Despite wintry weather farther inland, the air will not be cold enough for rain to change to snow in Los Angeles or San Diego.

    Substantial snow, however, will bury the mountains surrounding these cities through tonight with additional snow showers on Monday.

    Much to the delight of snow enthusiasts, 8 to 16 inches will blanket Big Bear Ski Resort.

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