Missing People in Nevada Snow Avalanche Found Safe

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USA Today reported that four people designated missing after an avalanche at a ski area in Lee Canyon/Mt. Charleston, Nevada, have been found safe by search and rescue teams.

Lee Canyon, spans an area in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, about 40 miles north of Las Vegas. Southern Nevada’s only ski resort, the Lee Canyon Ski and Snowboard Resort, is located there.

The area where the avalanche occurred had low temperatures hovering in the teens and 20s over the past week, and had received more than 88 inches of snow during the past seven days and 18 inches in the over last 24 hours, according to Lee Canyon Snow Report on February 8. The National Weather Service declared a Winter Storm Warning for the area through the afternoon of February 8.

“Clark County officials and police urged residents and the public to avoid traveling in the area [where] [p]olice said emergency personnel were assisting people off the mountain,” said USA Today. “‘Conditions are hazardous due to the weather,’ Las Vegas police said on X, formerly Twitter.” ‘Please avoid the area until the weather and conditions improve.’”

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