As valley rain moves to higher elevations, the mountains finally see winter weather

Winter has arrived at Kyle Canyon at Mount Charleston. (Denise Rosch | KSNV)

Just like that, winter has come to our local mountains. As expected, all the rain in the valley is bringing snow to the higher elevations, just in time for one of the busier weekends of the year.

The snow on the mountain began falling overnight and hasn't stopped. As much as 14 inches is expected. Moving forward, it's going to be all about keeping the roads clear.

The hints of what's ahead start well down the mountain.

"It's really foggy up here," said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Buratczuk. "Forget quarter mile, this is a couple hundred feet visibility."

Fog turned to snow on Kyle Canyon Road.

For Trooper Buratczuk, the next few days heading into a holiday weekend could be busy.

"If you're leaving your house at 1:00 to come up to the mountain to see snow, it's too late. You gotta plan ahead. There's limited parking," said Buratczuk.

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It's one of the reasons Shane Barrow and his wife came up to the mountain Tuesday, giving their four-legged girls Spring and Kayla room to run in one of their first opportunities to see snow this winter.

"It's good snow-making material," said Barrow. "It's been a disappointment this winter. But we saw rain in the forecast for the valley and said hey let's try the mountain see if there's any snow up here."

The winter storm warning is expected to stretch into Tuesday night. While road crews are out in full force, visitors are still urged to use caution. The weather can change at a moment's notice.

"If there is snow on the road, do not use cruise control, control your own speed. Cruise control when you're going uphill has a tendency to kick into lower-gear, which can make your tires spin," said Buratczuk.

He also says to fill up first because there is no gas on the mountain.

It's a slow start to the winter season, finally bringing just enough to enjoy.

For updated road conditions, dial 511.

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