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High wind warning, with gusts over 55 mph, coming to Las Vegas

Updated January 19, 2019 - 11:17 pm

Las Vegas Valley residents should brace themselves for a windy week ahead, according to the National Weather Service.

After temperatures climbed to 63 degrees Saturday afternoon, the valley will see partly cloudy weather Sunday, with temperatures near 64 degrees. Strong winds will begin to pick up Sunday night, according to meteorologist Andy Gorelow.

The weather service on Saturday afternoon upgraded a high wind watch to a high wind warning starting Sunday evening that expected to remain in effect through late Monday morning. Gusts during that time could blow up to 58 mph.

“The high wind warning is issued when we’re more certain that warning level winds or damage is going to occur,” meteorologist Clay Morgan said Saturday afternoon.

Starting after sunset Sunday, winds will begin blowing 30 to 40 mph, with gusts near 50 mph, Gorelow said Saturday. Although the highest wind speeds will be on the west side of the valley, the rest of the valley also will be affected, he said.

Temperatures overnight Sunday will dip to 46 degrees, and conditions will be sunny on Monday, Gorelow said. Winds are expected to slow by noon Monday, and temperatures Monday afternoon will reach 58 degrees.

A cold front moving in behind the wind system will drag the high temperature Tuesday down to 55 degrees, with temperatures falling near 38 degrees at night, Gorelow said.

Although winds should slow after Monday morning, they won’t die off altogether.

“It’s gonna be a windy week,” Gorelow said Saturday.

Winds will persist through at least Thursday, with breezes Tuesday and Wednesday blowing 15-25 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, and breezes Thursday 10-20 mph, he said.

The Spring Mountains may see snow early next week, with a 20 percent chance of showers Monday above 4,000 feet, the weather service said.

The weather service expects temperatures Wednesday to reach 56 degrees in the valley, and then warm to 60 degrees Thursday afternoon.

Contact Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com. Follow @lauxkimber on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Katelyn Newberg contributed to this report.

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