As a strong cold front moves in from the north, winds gusts up to 40 mph are expected later today in the Las Vegas Valley.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory and red flag warning for increased fire risk from 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday morning.
Winds will begin to increase Wednesday afternoon, peak in the evening and remain elevated through Thursday. Northerly winds will be up to 30-40 mph at their highest, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jen Varian.
Earlier Wednesday, gusts up to 60 mph had been forecast.
“Our models are trending down,” Varian said, adding that the wind advisory will continue overnight through Thursday.
Wednesday’s forecast high should be near 89 before winds increase. As the cold front arrives, the overnight low will drop to the low 50s.
Thursday will be sunny with a high near 67.
Areas covered by the wind advisory include Southern Nevada, southeast California and the Lower Colorado River Valley, including Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu.
The combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Motorists should use caution when driving, especially high-profile vehicles. Blowing dust could make visibility near zero at certain times.