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Las Vegas strip dusted in snow: 'It happened!'

SF Gate logo SF Gate 2/19/2019 Amy Graff
a snow covered mountain: Red Rock Canyon Recreation Area near Las Vegas, Nev., shared images of a snowy landscape on Feb. 18, 2019. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Red Rock Canyon Recreation Area near Las Vegas, Nev., shared images of a snowy landscape on Feb. 18, 2019.

"IT HAPPENED!" the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas tweeted when the first flakes of snow were reported at the famous gambling city's McCarran Airport Sunday night.

Social media soon exploded with photos and videos of snow on the famed Strip.

Snow falls periodically in the Las Vegas Valley, but it's unusual for it to be as widespread as it was over the weekend. Higher elevation areas on the western and southern edges of the Las Vegas area received one to two inches of snow. Henderson, Nev., recorded 1 inch and Western Summerlin saw 2.5 inches.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Social media exploded with tweets about snowfall on the Las Vegas Strip on Feb. 17, 2019. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Social media exploded with tweets about snowfall on the Las Vegas Strip on Feb. 17, 2019.

The storm caused a nearly five-hour shutdown of Interstate 15 at the Nevada state line on Monday due to multiple accidents related to snow and ice. It was later reopened.

ALSO: Bay Area temperatures dive below freezing, triggering 'black ice' warning

The last time Las Vegas and the Strip saw similar significant snowfall was in 2008 when the airport measured three inches of accumulation. Snow has fallen two other times in the Las Vegas Valley this February but with much less sticking to the ground.

a view of a mountain: Red Rock Canyon Recreation Area near Las Vegas, Nev., shared images of a snowy landscape on Feb. 18, 2019. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Red Rock Canyon Recreation Area near Las Vegas, Nev., shared images of a snowy landscape on Feb. 18, 2019.

Another winter storm coming from the Pacific Northwest is expected to arrive on Wednesday and Thursday in Nevada.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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