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Winds delaying flights at Las Vegas airport, power outages ongoing

Taylor Lane, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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About 700 people were without power across Nevada around 3 p.m. Sunday, with about 600 concentrated in Southern Nevada.

Over 34,000 people were without power across Nevada on Saturday as a massive blizzard moved through northern California and Nevada.

Outages peaked Sunday around 10:40 a.m. when 2,600 southern Nevadans were without power, growing from less than 1,000 outages around 7:30 a.m.

Damage could be seen across the valley on Saturday and Sunday. Large trees were downed in Summerlin. A traffic signal on Paseo Verde Parkway at St. Rose Parkway in Henderson fell over on Friday night and was replaced with a temporary signal, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Mick Akers.

Temperatures in Las Vegas were expected reach a high of 63 Sunday with a low of 41 degrees. A wind advisory is still in effect until 10 p.m., but is expected to decrease into all day Sunday into the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The Harry Reid International Airport was experiencing departure delays of 31 to 45 minutes on average around 1 p.m., and inbound flights are being delayed at their origin an average of 53 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

In the Spring Mountains, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway delayed opening Sunday morning after the parking lot iced over Saturday night. Sunday’s high is forecast around 23 degrees, with a low of 17. The weather service said the wind chill in the mountains could be as low as -4.

 

Winds around 30 to 38 mph are still expected in the mountains, with gusts up to 55 mph.

Highest wind gusts

The weather service reported Sunday morning that the highest wind gusts were in Southern Nevada on Saturday. Angel Peak in the Spring Mountains came in first with an 88 mph gust.

Red Rock Canyon’s highest gust was 71 mph, and Harry Reid International’s highest was 69 mph. The gust was the highest March wind gust at the airport since March 27, 1985, the weather service said.

Gusts over 60 mph were reported across southern Nevada, eastern California and northeastern Arizona, along with damaged trees, buildings, power lines and light poles.

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