What are the Odds: Snow in Vegas

VegasSnowA rare snow blanketed Las Vegas on Thursday, December 18th with snowfall that broke records as 3.6″ was recorded at the official reporting station of McCarran International Airport.  This is the larges December snowfall on record at this station and is the biggest snowfall since 1979.  Per the Washington Post:

Flights resumed in and out of Las Vegas, but schools and highways were closed Thursday after a record-setting snowfall coated marquees on the Strip, weighed down palm trees and blanketed surrounding mountain areas.

Other areas saw record snowfalls from the same system:

In Washington, Seattle got four inches of snow and Spokane got 17 inches — breaking a 24-hour record total of 13 inches set in 1984.

Snow even fell in Malibu, California:

Snow snarled major mountain highways and even dusted Malibu on Wednesday as a cold storm hit parts of California. One person was killed by a wind-related helicopter crash, and an overflowing river on the U.S.-Mexico border led to the evacuation of nearly two dozen people, rescues of about 50 horses and the deaths of four others.

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