The Latest: Valentine’s Day rainfall record set in Las Vegas

February 14, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Nevada weather (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Officials are reporting a Valentine’s Day rainfall record for Las Vegas and closed roads in the Reno area.

With rain still falling at noon, the National Weather Service says the 0.75 inches (19 millimeters) of rain recorded at McCarran International Airport already broke the record of 0.74 inches (18.8 millimeters) set on Feb. 14, 1980.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is blaming wet roadways and reduced visibility for a spike in crashes in and around Las Vegas.

Trooper Jason Buratczuk (bur-AH’-chek) reported eight crashes with injuries, 24 non-injury fender-benders and one hit-and-run crash.

Washoe County officials closed several roads due to water, including Toll Road at Bailey Creek crossing south of the city and Nectar Street at Lemmon Drive near the Swan Lake Nature Study Area north of town.


11 a.m.

Emergency personnel in northern and southern Nevada conducted at least two water rescues Thursday as storm runoff coursed through flood-control channels and other waterways.

Street flooding from runoff was occurring or expected in Reno, Carson and other communities in northwestern Nevada where the Storey County Fire Department rescued a woman who had been camping along the Truckee River and who was stranded on an island created by rising water. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

In southern Nevada, The Clark County Fire Department in Las Vegas said a rescue team used a ladder to reach and retrieve a person who was trapped in a wash amid swift water. Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan said the person was taken to a hospital in stable condition.


9:45 a.m.

The National Weather Service is issuing a flood advisory for Nevada’s most populous areas as moderate to heavy rain is falling across the state.

The Weather Service issued warnings for parts of northern Nevada near Reno and in southern Nevada’s Clark County around Las Vegas.

Meteorologists say lingering snow and ice are blocking creeks and drainage paths in areas in and around Reno and could create flooding as heavy rain moves through the Sierra Nevada.

The Weather Service also issued a winter weather advisory Thursday for parts of Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston outside Las Vegas where snow accumulations were expected to reach up to 1 foot (30 centimeters) and winds could gust as high as 50 mph (80 kph).