As one visitor stopped for gasoline, she commented on the Hawthorne sign, saying how welcoming it looked in such a bold red color with the flag behind it.
The Christmas Eve storm produced up to 2 feet of snow at Lake Tahoe ski areas and up to 5 inches in Sparks and Reno.
In Las Vegas, the National Weather Service heralded rare Christmas Day snow flurries with the posting, “Ho, ho, ho! Vegas got snow!”
Weather service meteorologist Chris Stachelski noted that the trace of snow recorded with rain showers at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas tied a Christmas Day record set in 1941, and tied in 1988 and 2008.
Nothing stuck on the sidewalks of the Strip, but some northwest Las Vegas neighborhoods received a dusting of snow.