LAS VEGAS — Overcast skies obscured views of the partial solar eclipse in the Las Vegas area, but people who gathered for Reno-area viewing parties got a good look at a the moon passing in front of the sun.

Stormy weather brought light rain and thunderstorms to southern Nevada on Monday, and didn’t clear until after the rare celestial event had occurred.

The National Weather Service had predicted the clearest skies in Nevada would probably be in the northern part of the state, including Elko.

Meteorologist Barry Pierce said the Las Vegas area averages 330 sunny days a year, but was just unlucky on Monday.

Isolated thunderstorms also were forecast across the center of the state, from Tonopah to Ely.

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