LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas visitors hoping for a winter wonderland on New Year's Eve can bet on plenty of cold but not much of the white stuff.
The National Weather Service reported snow showers and flurries Wednesday morning in parts of the Las Vegas valley, but virtually none of it was sticking. Forecasters predicted a 20 percent chance of snow in the evening.
Snow did build up on the city's outskirts, including at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard about an hour's drive from downtown, where two inches were reported on Wednesday.
About 340,000 people are expected to visit Las Vegas for an extravagant New Year's Eve fireworks show and party that closes down traffic on the Strip. They're advised to bundle up — overnight temperatures are expected to dip as low as 23 degrees, and meteorologists have issued a hard-freeze watch for the valley through Friday morning.
The chill is part of a cold front stretching over much of the western U.S.
In Las Vegas, better known for its blistering summer heat, tourists on the Strip took the cold snap in stride.
Jared Corriveau, 24, of Ohio, wore a T-shirt on Tuesday as he walked with his family outside. Others wore coats and shoved their hands deep into their pockets, including Marcio Berri, 26, of Brazil.
"Who would expect snowing in Vegas?" Berri said.
He said he'd likely buy some new scarves and gloves before New Year's Eve night, when he still planned to stand outside on the Strip with the masses.
"We're gonna be in the street. It doesn't matter how cold it is," Berri said.