Rain in Southern Nevada promising much-needed fresh snow on Mt. Charleston

Following a long dry spell, rainfall at Lee Canyon and Mt. Charleston is expected to turn into much-needed snow overnight. (Denise Rosch | KSNV)

The dry spell is coming to an end in the local mountains, where ski and snowboard season has been off to a slow start.

Hopes are running high that winter has finally arrived.

Southern Nevada has to start somewhere, and at Lee Canyon, it's starting with rain. No doubt it's been a mild winter so far for the ski resort, but this storm is proof conditions are about to change.

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Will Meier knows it's the perfect time to learn how to ski. The crowds are just beginning to pick up as the snow level moves down. It's the calm before the actual storm at Lee Canyon.

"Lessons are great right now, we get to spend a lot of time with people. It's fun. It's not Vegas. It's next to Vegas," said Meier.

While much of the East Coast has been buried by a winter storm that is canceling flights and causing havoc on the highways, here in the west, it's been bone dry.

Lee Canyon has been getting by on manmade snow after breaking records last season.

"We had almost 200 inches. Now, the pendulum is swinging to a mild winter. Hopefully, this turns on winter for us," said Lee Canyon Marketing Director Jim Seely.

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Seely says up to a foot of snow is forecast overnight and into Tuesday, meaning workers will be kicking into high gear, getting more trails and runs ready.

"Still a little rainy up there, but the snow is a lot softer up there," said customer Dylan Jenkins.

"We have the bunny hill open with complimentary coaching. And then our main run off Blue Bird. Then we'll see after this weekend how much more we can open," said Seely.

Customers are ready.

"We just pray, we just pray for it," said customer Daulton Irete. "I remember this time last year you couldn't see two seats in front of you."

"It's been a warm winter, hopefully, it will get a little chillier," said customer Chanda Ciaccio.

As for lessons, first timers can build their confidence now. Today's rain is promising fresh powder in no time.

If you are heading up, it's always good to check conditions first. For more information, visit the Mt. Charleston and Lee Canyon websites.

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