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Does It Snow in Las Vegas?

Does it ever snow in Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the World?

Las Vegas is one of the hottest and driest cities in the world. The sun shines an average of 300 plus days a year in Las Vegas, Nevada and it only rains on about 29 days per year on average. But on rare occasions occurring every few years it does snow in Las Vegas.

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Surrounding Las Vegas are mountains with much higher elevations than the city itself and each winter some snowfall can be seen on these mountains. But Las Vegas itself lies in a valley where temperatures are warmer than in the mountains so snowfall when it does occur rarely amounts to much and very rarely accumulates.

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The largest snow storm to ever hit Las Vegas occurred from January 10-12, 1949. Snow did accumulate from that storm to the tune of 9.7 inches at the city's official weather station. But the snow was gone before long.

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The coldest temperature reading ever in Las Vegas is 8 degrees which has occurred on a number of different dates. The coldest high temperature for a day in the city is 28 degrees which has occurred twice and just one other time it was 29 degrees. When the temperature rises to over freezing on almost every single day ever recorded in Las Vegas history it is impossible for snow to last in the city.

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Snow or at least snow flurries have been recorded in Las Vegas in the months of November through April. The snow in April was just flurries which occurred on April 2, 1997 but on November 15, 1964 over 3 inches of snow fell at the airport.

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In both 1941 and 1988 trace amounts of snow fell on Christmas Day but it's a pretty sure bet that Las Vegas will not have a white Christmas this year or almost any other year.

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But if someone ask you whether or not it ever snows in Las Vegas the answer is Yes!

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Sources:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas,_Nevada

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Comments (5)

It snowed there either last winter or the winter before. A old friend of mine was living there at the time and his pictures were a big deal back home here in Canada.

It does snow in Las Vegas, and this should come as good news, as this place is the hottest in the world.

Miguel Comire

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Wow, thanks for the share. I would have thought no. In fact I would bet that most people there do not own a coat. lol

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