LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Sunday’s storm brought rain, wind and some hope for the Las Vegas Valley.

Rainfall totals ranged from 0.19” at McCarran International Airport to nearly an inch of rain near Henderson Executive Airport.

While the rain is welcome, the storm did nothing for Lake Mead.

Water levels at the lake are dictated by snowpack in Colorado, according to Bronson Mack with the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Mack said the snowmelt in the springtime flows down the Colorado River into Lake Powell then gets released into Lake Mead.

It would take several years of above normal snowfall to help improve our Lake Mead water level. Mack said the rain did help in another way.

He suggests that locals turn off our irrigation system for several days, maybe even into next weekend.

Colorado River-Drought

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, a riverboat glides through Lake Mead on the Colorado River at Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nev. The key reservoir on the Colorado River is expected to match its record low level on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The dropping surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Arizona-Nevada border is the another sign of the drought's grip on the region. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The rain Sunday, along with an anticipated storm next weekend, will help our plants, shrubs and flowers.

If everyone in the valley turned off their irrigation system, it would save millions of gallons of water.

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