This past Tuesday morning, the city woke up and discovered a thin layer of snow covering the western side of the valley.
|View From the Red Rock Canyon Overlook Trail On January 26|
On the west side of Las Vegas near Red Rock Canyon, we get snow flurries pretty much every year. The only question is whether or not it sticks in any quantity for any length of time. After a couple of decades, I have become inured to the charms of snow. When I woke up a little before 8 a.m. on Tuesday and saw my neighbors’ roofs covered in snow, my first thought was, “Thank God I don’t have to drive in that,” and then I got back in bed.
The rest of the city lost its mind for the morning, with photos of snow-covered Las Vegas scenes flooding social media.
By the time I decided to drive up to Red Rock, the snow in my neighborhood was pretty much gone, except for a few stubborn clumps.
It was obvious as I headed toward the Red Rock Overlook that I wasn’t the only one who thought a visit to Red Rock was a good idea.
|Highway 159 near the Red Rock Overlook, crowded with people seeking snow|
|This was once a snowman. Trust me, I was there.|
The atmosphere at the Overlook was festive. People were wandering about both on and off trail. One man was flying his drone. Photographers were there in abundance with their big cameras and tripods. Lots of dogs were out, delightedly exploring the mud and patchy snow.
|The photographers were out in full force, and with good reason - snowy Red Rock is beautiful|
The sun tried breaking through while I was on the Overlook trail, briefly shining on the top of Blue Diamond Hill (right on the area where developers keep trying to build a massive housing project).
|Some people think this is a great place to put a housing development. A whole lot of us disagree.|
Heading home, I passed the line of cars waiting to get into the Loop and noted (with only slight alarm) a photographer who decided to squat in the middle of the highway to get what I presume must have been a shot worthy of the risk.
Back at home, the icy tidbits of snow left around the neighborhood were still hanging on. I took note and headed inside, glad again that I live in a place where snow is more of a novelty than a regular occurrence.
Did you see the snow on Tuesday? Judging from the weather forecast, we’ll have some additional mountain snow over the weekend.
All photos by Terrisa Meeks