Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter in Las Vegas


We've had an early start to our "winter" here in Vegas. People who have never been here in the colder months don't realize that it actually gets fairly cold here in the winter and we ussually get a few snow days. But what we call snow days and what real snow days look like are two different things. Here it's ussually a little bit of snow or more like a bit of frozen rain that falls but doesn't stick and we all go absolutely crazy.

Every few years we get lucky and we get some actual real snow with flakes and everything that sticks to the ground and doesn't immediately melt. This week we had two full days of non-stop snow and we ended up with about 7 inches in some parts of town. Here is my front yard in all of it's wintery splendor.



Now I know you real northerners with your blizzards and giant snow drifts who own tools like snow shovels, ice scrapers and snow blowers to deal with your white stuff probably think this little bit of frosting is no big deal. But for us dessert rats, this is what we live for in the winter.



This "severe" winter "storm of the decade" as the local news was touting it here, caused our airport to close for a day and a half, stranding a lot of unhappy tourists and resulted in a snow day for local schools. Yes we are ridiculously crazy and totally overreact to any tiny bit of precipitation. On the other hand it's nice to have something to get excited over that gets you into the holiday spirit. Palm trees and cactus don't ussually give off that "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" vibe!

11 comments:

Linda Merrill said...

Oh honey - we're still wearing shorts in that weather!

But seriously, if you're not used to it, it is a big deal. Actually, for all we have regular storms here in New England - the first one always causes everyone to panic. From drivers who forget how to do it (even though everyone has 4-wheel drive) to everyone running out to buy milk and bread - it's quite a panic. We just got about a foot, maybe a little less. Eh... waiting for the nice men to come shovel me out! It is pretty though! And unless it warms up and rains, we'll have a white Christmas!

Paris Atelier said...

Hello! I don't know if I am more jealous of the snow (I never get to see any, I'm your neighbor in California) or that you live in one of my all time favorite places..VEGAS!!!! I love the pictures, looks like "snow" much fun!!!
Happy holidays!
Judith~

vicki archer said...

Las Vegas with snow - now that would be a winter wonderland. Jackie, have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year, xv.

karlene said...

Oh, it is fun to see such a lovely dusting of snow there. Here we are in the middle of the land, It is about 12 below and 36 below windchills.............yours looks much prettier to enjoy!!! Ours is very pretty when we are standing inside, looking out. :-) Merry Christmas!!!

Jackie Von Tobel said...

PA, I heard it snowed in Malibu last week! You never know with global warming and all you could have a white Christmas...

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Linda, We start pulling out the sweaters when it drops below 80 degrees here.

Pigtown-Design said...

YOu were the first person I thought about when I heard about the snow in LV! Hope you enjoyed it!

happy holidays.

rochambeau said...

That first photo is the best Jackie Blue!! Looks just dreamy in LV!

Merry Christmas to you!!!
xox
Constance

this one said...

I didn't realize that you are in Vegas. I am from Arizona and I used to have a lot of clients up in Vegas. Small world!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

May you enjoy a blessed and peaceful Christmas! Create some magical memories.

MIMILEE said...

How awesome!! Snow in LV! I live in Northern Alabama and we haven't seen the white stuff in years! I know it was exciting! Thanks for sharing!