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Winter makes an early appearance in Las Vegas; caution urged

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Updated: 11/11/2012 11:38 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Snow flurries were reported on the southwest side of the Las Vegas Valley early Saturday afternoon while the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning overnight.

A storm originating in the Gulf of Alaska was responsible for the cold weather and chilly forecast. An inch of snow was reported overnight at Mount Charleston. The unseasonably cold weather is expected to last only through the weekend.

Flurries in the I-215 and Durango area in the far southwest and at Red Rocks were reported by several residents with pictures posted on Facebook.

Temperatures were forecast to be about 15 degrees below normal this weekend before a warming trend moves in Monday and Tuesday.

Residents are reminded to be careful with all types of heaters, ashes and electrical cords. All possible fuel sources should be at least three feet away from any heating source.

It is common for the dirt and dust that accumulates on heating elements to give off a light haze, burning smell or white smoke during the first few uses of the winter. If the smoke is darker gray or black, you should immediately leave the residence and call 9-1-1- from a safe distance.



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