Friday, February 28, 2014

Windy, wet weekend forecast for Las Vegas Valley

Windy, wet weekend forecast for Las Vegas Valley

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:34 PM ESTUpdated: Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:50 PM EST


Thursday's strong winds is just the beginning of a stormy end to the week for the Las Vegas Valley, according to forecasters.

The National weather las vegas Service issued a wind advisory for the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas until 6 p.m. Thursday, saying winds could gust as high as 55 mph in some locations. Outside of the mountains, gusts to nearly 40 mph will not be uncommon Thursday.

FOX5 Morning Weather Anchor Cassandra Jones said the winds will be joined by rain on Friday. She said showers arrive in Southern Nevada by late morning and stick around through the afternoon. Some of the rain could be heavy at times, with a few claps of thunder not out of the question, she said. Nearly an inch of rain is possible Friday, with up to 4 inches of snow possible in the mountainous areas, Jones said.

On Saturday, the day will start and end with rain, according to Jones. She said a break in the precipitation is likely around lunch time, before chances increase in the afternoon. An additional tenth of an inch of rain is possible, she said.

Jones said Sunday's forecast includes a slight chance of showers and less wind.

According to the National Weather Service, the Las Vegas Valley has not seen a significant, area-wide rainfall since late November. Forecasters there warned that the dry conditions have resulted in a buildup of oil and dirt on area roads, and the rainfall will make roads very slick.

Daytime temperatures will hover in the 60s through much of the weekend. Low 50s and upper 40s are expected for overnight temperatures.

Dry weather returns by early next week.

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