Residents and visitors of southern Nevada, northwestern Arizona and southeastern California are urged to be extra vigilant of the dangers of fire, wind and dust this weekend and the next week.
Three strong wind/fire warnings were issued by the National Weather Service beginning Saturday morning and extended through late Sunday. Windy conditions are expected to continue into next week.
Red flag warning for 2 days
A red flag warning extends from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday as well as 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday for high winds and low humidity for southern Clark County, the Spring Mountains, the Sheep Range, Lake Mead, Colorado River Valley and Mohave. Desert in southeastern California.
⚠️ Windy from Saturday to Monday
💪Strongest winds on Sunday
🌬️ W to SW gusts 40-60 MPH
🌊 Dangerous sailing conditions
Gusty winds will also continue for much of next week…
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) May 7, 2022
West to southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected with gusts to 50 mph. Humidity levels will be around 5-15%.
Possible winds up to 60 mph on Sunday
Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected Sunday morning through Sunday evening in northeast and western Clark County, southern Nye County, the Spring Mountains, the Red Rock Canyon and the Las Vegas Valley.
Area communities include Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite, Indian Springs, Overton, Moapa, Pahrump, Indian Springs, Boulder City, Red Rock Canyon, and Mount Charleston.
A windy weekend is on the way with wind advisories in effect as well as red flag warnings and very high fire danger for much of the region on Saturday and Sunday. #nvwx #azwx #cawx pic.twitter.com/DMnqbNdGck
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) May 6, 2022
“Destroying winds could bring down trees and power lines,” reads a warning. “Widespread power cuts are possible. Travel can be difficult, especially for larger vehicles. Uneven blowing dust can sometimes impact travel, especially on Sundays. Sudden strong crosswinds are
possible and could impact travel across US 95 between Indian Springs and Desert Rock on Sunday afternoon. Uneven blown dust can sometimes impact travel.
It’s going to be a windy weekend. On windy days like today, every little bit helps keep the dust down. You can do your part to help protect the air we share! Follow these simple tips. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XxmCfhHe2M
— Environment and sustainability (@SustainClarkCty) May 6, 2022
County Dust Advisory
The Clark County Department of Environment and Sustainability issued a dust advisory for Sunday to notify residents and local construction sites of the possibility of high levels of blowing dust.
“Airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter or PM, which aggravates respiratory illnesses,” the notice states. “In windy conditions, people with heart or lung conditions, the elderly and children may feel better staying indoors as much as possible because
they may be more exposed to particles, especially when physically active, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Residents are advised to consult their doctor if they have a medical condition that makes them susceptible to air pollution.
⚠️ High fire danger this weekend ⚠️
🔥 Fire Weather Watch in effect for Mohave County Saturday. Sunday throughout the region.
🔥 West-southwest wind gusts over 40 mph associated with very dry conditions.
🔥 Avoid recreating with flames or sparks this weekend! #DontBeTheSpark #NvWx #CaWx #AzWx pic.twitter.com/yqV9EBKjgi
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) May 5, 2022
Forecast for Las Vegas
A Saturday high near 93 is expected. Winds of 17 to 23 mph could include gusts of up to 33 mph.
The winds will remain just as strong on Saturday evening before a low on Sunday morning near 64.
Sunday conditions could include patchy blowing dust after 4 p.m. with wind gusts of up to 40 mph. The maximum should be close to 84.
On Sunday evening, scattered dust winds before 11 p.m. are possible. Windy conditions with west/southwest winds of 24-29 mph will decrease to 14-19 mph after midnight. Winds could blow up to 41 mph.
Monday’s low will be near 55 before rising to 77 as a cold front moves through the valley.
Highs at the start of next week will be in the upper 70s with lows in the lower 50s.
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