By Arnold M. Knightly
Pahrump Valley Times
Pahrump residents traveling more than the Spring Mountains to celebrate New Year’s Eve tonight may want to reconsider.
And even if you stay right here, you will want to bundle up.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter climate advisory stating a higher probability of snow accumulation in the Spring Mountains.
The advisory issued Monday is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.
Some of the greater foothills might see up to an inch of snow. The Spring Mountains and will likely see between three-to-six inches with the highest amounts on east and northeast facing slopes,” the weather service mentioned Tuesday.
Tough driving conditions are anticipated on state Route 160 and snow-covered trails are expected in the mountains.
Winds are expected to be between 5-to-ten mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
“A winter weather advisory for snow indicates that periods of snow will lead to primarily travel issues,” the travel service said. “Be ready for snow-covered roads and restricted visibility. And use caution although driving.”
In Pahrump, the forecast is cloudy with a bit of snow: up to one particular inch for the duration of the day and two-to-4 inches at night.
The anticipated high temperature these days is 41 degrees, with a low of 28 degrees. Sunshine returns Thursday but the cold remains with a high of 45 degrees, and a low of 20.
The advisory comes as cold air continues to plunge southward in the West.
“This cold regime will be firmly entrenched across the West, so folks partaking in outdoor New Year’s Eve festivities will require to bundle up,” stated Ed Vallee, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.
The Nevada Division of Transportation said Monday it is prepared for a New Year’s Eve snowstorm.
“NDOT upkeep crews have six snowplows prepared and ready in the Las Vegas Valley as effectively as yet another two dozen machines scattered throughout NDOT’s District I coverage location, which consists of Clark, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral and Nye counties,” stated Tony Illia, public details officer for the division.
Drivers are encouraged to use intense caution even though driving in winter storms, and drive slowly and allow for higher braking distances.
If traveling to Las Vegas region for New Year’s Eve, leave the Pahrump area with a full tank of gas and a cell telephone. Also carry blankets, water, and sustainable meals just in case of an emergency.