Snowing in Las Vegas: Las Vegas hit with a measurable amount of snow in a decade

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Southwestern U.S. hit by winter storm

Parts of the Southwest that are known for sunny weather experienced in true winter wonderland this week. Las Vegas was hit with its second snowstorm in a week.

A winter storm in the southwest of Las Vegas. According to the National Weather Service, it's a record for this date. Areas around the city received 1 to 3 inches, delighting tourists and confusing residents. The NWS says Friday, potentially turning into icy rain.

In December 2008, 3.6 inches of snow fell on Las Vegas – the last one was able to measure the amount. While Wednesday saw the first measurable amount of snow in Las Vegas since it was not even the first snowstorm this month. February 10, and this past Sunday and Monday. The single-day record for snowfall in Las Vegas was 7.4 inches on Jan. 31, 1979.

Las Vegas schools open on Thursday. McCormor International Airport, which received a record 0.8 inches. "We do not have snowplows," airport spokeswoman Christine Crews told the AP. She said about 100 flights were canceled because of snow and ice.

Las Vegas residents were shocked by the small amount of snow during the week, sharing their photos on social media.

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