Avalanche at Lee Canyon ski resort near Las Vegas sparks search and rescue efforts after four people are reported missing: Police say everybody is now safe

  • An avalanche left four people missing after heavy snowfall at Lee Canyon Ski Resort near Las Vegas, but they have all now been found safe and well
  • A witness reported that the deep snow initially hampered recovery efforts
  • The incident occurred after intense overnight snowfall that continued until mid-morning on Monday

Four people who were reported missing Monday afternoon after an avalanche at Lee Canyon Ski Resort near Las Vegas have been found safe and sound.

The snow is said to be particularly deep after heavy snowfall overnight that continued into mid-morning.

One X-user explained how the deep snow initially hampered recovery efforts, making plowing of the area virtually impossible.

‘Four people were initially reported missing. All have been located and are safe. We are currently assisting people from the mountain,’ the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department tweeted.

Clark County also said the avalanche also closed travel on roads SR 156 and 157 Monday afternoon.

Five people have been reported missing after an avalanche at Lee Canyon Ski Resort near Las Vegas.  Pictured, Lee Canyon earlier Monday

Five people have been reported missing after an avalanche at Lee Canyon Ski Resort near Las Vegas. Pictured, Lee Canyon earlier Monday

Clark County also said the avalanche also closed travel on roads SR 156 and 157 Monday afternoon

Clark County also said the avalanche also closed travel on roads SR 156 and 157 Monday afternoon

Several inches of snow fell overnight Sunday into Monday, continuing into mid-morning

Several inches of snow fell overnight Sunday into Monday, continuing into mid-morning

Four people who were reported missing Monday afternoon after an avalanche at Lee Canyon Ski Resort near Las Vegas have now been found safe and sound

Four people who were reported missing Monday afternoon after an avalanche at Lee Canyon Ski Resort near Las Vegas have now been found safe and sound

The ski lifts are closed after deteriorating conditions on Mount Charleston at Lee Canyon

The ski lifts are closed after deteriorating conditions on Mount Charleston at Lee Canyon

The snowfall was captured in this photo posted to Instagram as flakes fell among the pine trees

The snowfall was captured in this photo posted to Instagram as flakes fell among the pine trees

“Lee canyon can’t even be plowed right now because the snow is so deep and there’s a report of an avalanche at the ski hill…Five people missing…NHP is on the scene,” Mt Charleston Mountain said Man initially tweeted.

“The trough around Sherwood came in … We started getting really heavy snow around 1030, 11 o’clock … Wet stuff on top of all the dry stuff that fell overnight … I’m pretty sure everything is affecting this incident have,” the X user wrote.

The ski resort is about a one-hour, 50-mile drive away from Vegas.

The public is still being asked to avoid the area until the weather and conditions improve.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journalthe canyon has seen about 11.5 inches of snow in the last day, and 31.5 inches in the past week.

Several users took to social media to post photos of the snowfall on Monday

Several users took to social media to post photos of the snowfall on Monday

The western United States, including the Las Vegas area, has been flooded in recent days following a severe winter storm

The western United States, including the Las Vegas area, has been flooded in recent days following a severe winter storm

The avalanche was confirmed by local authorities on Monday afternoon

The avalanche was confirmed by local authorities on Monday afternoon

The LVMPD tweeted earlier: ‘Metro Police Search and Rescue underway. We are trying to locate several people who are reported missing. Conditions are dangerous due to the weather. Please avoid the area until the weather and conditions improve. We will have more information soon.’

The western United States, including the Las Vegas area, has been flooded in recent days following a severe winter storm.

The culprit behind the severe weather is an ‘atmospheric river’ which is a concentrated channel of moisture originating from the subtropics that carries moisture and heavy rainfall into the region.