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Heading to Vegas to escape snow? Uh oh...

Heading to Vegas to escape snow? Uh oh...
Snow covers the sides and sphinx of the Luxor Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.
Snow's not just for the northwest this week. Believe it or not, it snowed heavily in Las Vegas Wednesday.  The airport reported 3.6 inches of snow -- the biggest December on record, and worst for any month since a 7½-inch accumulation in January 1979.

The storm left heavy wet accumulations of snow along the famed Strip. At least one carport toppled under the accumulated weight, authorities said, and motorists in Henderson parked their cars and walked home when tires spun as they tried to navigate slippery uphill climbs.

Thursday was the first snow day for Clark County schools since the 1979 storm, district spokesman Michael Rodriguez said.

It wasn't much better in Spokane, which broke their record for most 24-hour snow accumulation ever. Wait, check that, *shattered* their record. The airport received 19.4" between 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. That broke the old record of 13.0 inches received in 1950, and their records go back 127 years!

Spokane declared a "Condition Red" snow emergency, meaning crews will work around the clock until they complete a full city plow.

Nearby Couer d'Alene, Idaho also broke the same record for their city, getting 25", breaking their old record of 16".

The Associated Press contributed to this report.