A “quick hitter” cold front will bring wind gusts up to 35 mph in the Las Vegas Valley late Thursday into Friday.
“We don’t expect much precipitation in the valley, but the Spring Mountains could get 2 to 3 inches of snow overnight,” said National Weather Service meteorologist John Adair. “Winds will crank up this afternoon and gusts could be 25 to 35 mph into the evening in the valley.”
Stronger winds, up to 50 mph, are forecast for Lincoln County all day Thursday. A wind advisory has been issued through 9 p.m.
“The front will swing in from California and the strongest winds will be to the north and northwest of the valley,” Adair said.
Adair said the chance of precipitation in the valley was 10 percent.
“It will be all over late tonight and early Friday morning,” he said. “It will be cooler on Friday, but the winds will be light by sunrise.”
Thursday’s forecast high for Las Vegas is 63 with sunny skies turning partly cloudy as the front approaches. The overnight low will be about 41.
Friday will be sunny with a high near 57. Saturday will warm to about 60 with low 60s forecast early next week.
High wind warning
Late Thursday morning the weather service issued a high wind warning for central Nye County and and all of Esmeralda County. The area goes north from Beatty to Tonopah and then west along the Nevada-California state line.
Southerly winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts from 40 to 60 mph are forecast for Thursday afternoon and into Thursday evening. The warning ends at 9 p.m.
“Enhancement from hills and mountains will likely create sudden wind gusts that are difficult to prepare for and mitigate with semi trucks,.” the warning stated.