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Pahrump commuters delayed during winter storm with drier skies forecast for weekend

Motorists heading to Las Vegas from Pahrump along Highway 160 ran into a few obstacles on Thursday with winter weather striking in the higher elevations. But the weekend forecast is looking much brighter.

Highway 160 was closed in the mountain pass, which runs through Mountain Springs, due to a snowstorm on Thursday. According to the National Weather Service in Las Vegas on Thursday, an estimated 5-10 inches were set to fall in the higher elevations.

The Nevada Department of Transportation said Highway 160, between Pahrump and Red Rock Canyon Road, was closed in both directions.

About 2.5 inches of snow had fallen by midday on Thursday at Red Rock Canyon, according to a meteorologist at the weather service.

The scenic loop at Red Rock was also closed.

The weather service sent out an advisory on Thursday warning of dangerous road conditions in the mountain pass and for roadways on Mount Charleston. Elevations above 4,000 feet were part of the advisory.

In the Pahrump area, light rain hit parts of the valley with a very small amount of accumulation, according to the weather service. Temperatures went from the low 30s during Pahrump’s morning commute in town, rising to the mid-40s by the afternoon on Thursday with a high of 44 degrees.

The weekend forecast is drier and warmer. According to the weather service, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have a high of 51 degrees with overnight lows hitting the high 20s to low 30s. A slight chance of snow was forecast by the weather service for Sunday night.

On Monday, the weather service forecasts a slight chance of snow mixed with rain after 9 a.m., though those conditions will dissipate through the day. Monday will be partly sunny with a high near 51 degrees and a low around 32 degrees.

Other road closures

The Nevada Highway Patrol announced Interstate 15 was closed at Primm on Thursday due to snowy conditions. The Cajon Pass in California was also closed along Interstate 15.

According to a Facebook post by Death Valley National Park, tire chains were required along California State Route 190 (Towne Pass section). Some snow was reported on Daylight Pass, which heads to Beatty. The roads were expected to be cleared of snow by Friday.

Death Valley also reported that Emigrant Canyon Road, Wildrose Road and Dantes View Road were all closed on Thursday. These roads could stay closed longer, according to Death Valley National Park’s social media post. For current road conditions or information go to nevadadot.com

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com, on Twitter @MeehanLv

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