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Strong winds, cooler temperatures hitting Las Vegas

Winds as powerful as 60 mph will sweep through the Las Vegas Valley on Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

And they could gust to 75 mph in the nearby mountains.

The weather service issued a wind advisory for the valley from Saturday afternoon to Sunday, warning that unsecured items outside could be blown away. Travel might be difficult on roads in the mountains, and people driving motorcycles or high-profile vehicles such as vans and campers should be careful in high wind situations.

Winds are expected to die down about 11 a.m. Sunday, the weather service said.

The mountains also face possible rain and snow as Southern Nevada begins to cool off overnight. Sunday’s high temperature was anticipated to drop down to 71 degrees from a high of 82 Saturday.

The high winds will preface cooler temperatures that will be brought in by spring storms.

Cool weather should continue through next week with highs in the low 60s and slight chances of rain in the valley. The weather service said if it does rain, it would not be more than a couple hundredths of an inch.

The unsettled weather will likely start to warm up again toward the end of the week, but there is a chance of another storm coming in on Friday.

“We do get a lot of spring storms that bring quite a lot of wind,” said Chris Stumpf, a Las Vegas meteorologist with the weather service.

Contact Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @WesJuhl.

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