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Snow falls in Las Vegas for the first time in a decade



A winter weather out of the ordinary is punishing Las Vegas, whose metropolitan area received a significant snowfall for the first time in a decade. Even several people created a snowman next to the emblematic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.

The National Weather Service said the half inch of snow that accumulated on Wednesday was the first quantifiable amount of snow on February 20 since record keeping began in 1937.

Meteorologist Chris Outler said they were less than the 3.6 inches recorded at the city's airport on December 17, 2008.

"We do not have snowblowers," said air port spokeswoman Christine Crews, who confirmed that about 100 flights were canceled due to weather conditions. "But we brought maintenance vehicles and sweepers by plane, ready to go."

Some flights were delayed more than two hours, reported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Al Lasso, a lawyer who moved from New Jersey to Las Vegas 25 years ago, took a picture of a ruler measuring the snow in his backyard: he reached a height of seven inches.

"When it snows in New Jersey, everyone stays inside. When it snows in Las Vegas, everyone goes out and makes snow angels "said Lasso. "A lot of people had never seen snow here."

The schools remained open in Las Vegas and the Nevada Highway Patrol said there was snow and ice in some areas, but all the freeways were open.

"We had a lot of crashes, like it was raining," said patrolman Jason Buratczuk. "The roads were wet."

The agent said he saw almost a foot of snow accumulated in some suburban areas and that it was necessary for the vehicles to use tire chains on the main road that goes through a mountain between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

Las Vegas registered snow on February 10 because several storms passed through the region earlier this month. Some suburban areas of the hills had several centimeters of snow on Sunday.

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