Hmmm.... a big storm was supposed to hit
Phoenix with 1 to 3 inches of rain but it
never came and we only got at most a half
an inch of rain. Maybe it blew north and hit
Las Vegas instead. For useless information
Las Vegas used to be a part of Arizona, but
the Federal government took it away from Arizona
and gave it to Nevada. It used to be in
Pah-Ute County, Pah Ute County, Pai Ute County or maybe Paiute County
which they stole and changed into Lincoln County,
which over the years split into the area that is now Clark County.
Las Vegas flights across nation being diverted to Sky Harbor
by Adam Sneed - Dec. 18, 2008 09:40 AM
The Arizona Republic
The winter storm that brought rain to the Valley also blanketed Las Vegas in snow, forcing many flights to be diverted to Sky Harbor International Airport and stranding hundreds of passengers overnight.
Southwest Airlines canceled or diverted about 50 percent of all flights nationwide headed to Las Vegas Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, spokeswoman Christi Day said. The planes were also diverted to Denver and Tucson, and it is unclear exactly how many came to Phoenix.
Southwest Airlines operations were running smoothly by midmorning and were expected to remain that way throughout the day. Passengers on the 133 cancelled or diverted flights were expected to make their way to Las Vegas later in the day, but flights headed there were already full going into the weekend.
Day said all passengers from delayed or cancelled flights would be accommodated throughout the day.
Officials at Sky Harbor said there were no significant delays Thursday morning.
The storm dropped a half-inch of rain in parts of the Valley overnight, and rain was expected to taper off as the storm moved out of the Valley.
New River received the most rain, nearing six-tenths of an inch. Carefree was close behind with half an inch, and Peoria and Cave Cree received one-third of an inch.
Rainfall in Phoenix was lighter, with about a tenth of an inch overnight.
The storm was expected to move into Gila County, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a snow advisory for higher elevations there.
Freezing temperatures were expected in outlying parts of the Valley Thursday night. Most of the Valley was expected to see temperatures in the high 30s overnight.
Partly cloudy skies with highs around 60 degrees were forecasted for the rest of the weekend, with more showers expected to move in by Monday.
Snow falls on Vegas Strip
Dec. 18, 2008 07:31 AM
A rare pre-winter storm dumped snow and rain on much of southern California and Nevada, shutting down major highways, grounding flights and even coating the Las Vegas Strip.
The snow Wednesday prompted the cancellation of all flights in and out of Vegas and dusted palm trees and marquees along the Strip with accumulations that were expected to reach 3 inches.
Snow piled up around the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on the south end of the Strip, as visitors parked and posed for pictures wearing hooded jackets.
Other locations were forecast to receive as much as 8 inches of snow in the second winter storm this week to drop snow on the desert city. Snowfall is common in nearby mountains hills, but not on the Strip or surrounding neighborhoods.
Elsewhere, snow shut Interstate 15 over 4,190-foot Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles. By early Thursday, just a single lane on the southbound side was open, as officers escorted a small stream of drivers through the pass.
Interstate 5, a major trucking and travel route connecting Southern California with the Central Valley and Northern California was shut down over 4,144-foot Tejon Pass, and roads through the San Gabriel Mountains connecting metropolitan Los Angeles to the commuter suburbs of Palmdale and Lancaster in the high desert to the north also were closed.
An overflowing river on the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday led to the evacuation of nearly two dozen people and rescues of about 50 horses.
Snow also fell across much of Washington state on Wednesday, with Spokane, in the northeast part of the state, declaring a snow emergency and vowing that its snowplows would be working nonstop until the streets were clear.
Most areas of Spokane had picked up 8 inches of snow by evening, with another 5-10 inches expected by daybreak Thursday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeffrey Cote.
Massive backups developed below all the passes, which authorities hope to have reopened sometime after sunrise Thursday.
The storm dumped as much as 4 feet of snow at Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains, said James Oh, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Diego.
Calen Weiss, 19, of Tarzana, his brother and two friends wanted to go snowboarding at Big Bear but instead got stuck on I-15 in Cajon Pass for an hour as visibility fell to about 40 yards.
"It looks like Whoville, all snowy, but with less joy and more extreme misery," he said by phone from the Summit Inn.
Heavy rain also fell in some parts of Southern California through the day.
Near the California-Mexico border, San Diego firefighters and lifeguards evacuated 21 people along the overflowing Tijuana River, said spokesman Maurice Luque. They included 12 to 15 people who were on high ground outside a home, surrounded by up to 4 feet of water.
Five people were taken out by helicopter, while others were escorted in Border Patrol all-terrain vehicles, Luque said. Three men were taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia.
About 50 horses also were evacuated, but three others drowned and one was euthanized after tripping on barbed wire, Luque said.
In the Santa Clarita area north of Los Angeles, a wind gust caused a helicopter to crash, killing an electrical worker on the ground and leaving the pilot with minor injuries, county fire Inspector Frank Garrido said.
Even Malibu got a dusting of snow, as the usually balmy city saw a half-inch in the afternoon.
"It's a combination of snow and rain, so none of the snow is sticking on the ground," said Craig Levy, director of a juvenile detention camp near Mulholland Highway. "It's kind of cool if you think about it. It's kind of unusual to see snow in Malibu."
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