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Snow prompts school, office closures

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By David Giuliani

Old Man Winter couldn’t make up his mind on Tuesday about what he wanted to do.

The day started cloudy, but with no precipitation. By the late morning, a snowstorm hit the Las Vegas area, putting a few inches on the ground.

That prompted area schools to close by noon. And Luna Community College canceled its monthly meeting scheduled for the evening.

Luna’s interim president, Sigfredo Maestas, said he opened his blinds in his office around noon and suddenly realized that a winter storm was at full force.

He rescheduled the meeting for 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday in the Student Services Building on campus. Several members have to come from places such as Santa Rosa, Springer and Mora.

Just before Tuesday’s 1:30 p.m. County Commission meeting, County Manager Les Montoya called his secretary to have her inform county employees, with the exception of those in public works, that they could leave by 3 p.m. because of the winter storm.

City of Las Vegas employees remained on their normal schedules.

But just as it seemed as if the storm had no end in sight, the sun peeked out. By mid-afternoon, the snow was melting under partly cloudy skies.

Temperatures plunged in the early morning hours today, icing up roadways.